About the Catalysing Change Campaign

This Catalysing Change campaign is an ongoing campaign that will ultimately lead to co-creating the “new normal” and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It leverages the the expertise from global social innovators who put forward proposed scalable solutions and policy recommendations to achieving social change at a systemic level.


The Catalysing Change campaign was conceptualized by members from across the network to surface issues and expedite systems change. It  is a series of virtual sessions aimed at: 

  •       Sharing how social innovators are responding to COVID-19,
  •       Forming collaborative partnerships that can accelerate social change,
  •       Co-creating policy recommendations based on the extensive expertise of the social innovators,
  •       Initiating dialogue with policy makers, funders and leaders across sectors.

 Throughout the campaign, all will share the solutions and jointly work towards the “new normal” which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

Campaign Structure

The sessions are structured according to three themes which are aligned with the campaign’s objectives. Each theme builds on the other, and will conclude with a sharing of  recommendations to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The three session themes are:

  • Co-Lab: Social innovators share their stories and initiate partnerships.
  • Roundtable Discussion: Social innovators are grouped according to their expertise on SDGs issues. During the sessions, they co-create policy recommendations for systems change that can help scale issue-based solutions.
  • Fireside Chat: An informal conversation between a moderator and concerned policy makers, leaders and topic experts.

Campaign plan

The campaign plan is a multi-stage process, with each step building onto the next, ultimately concluding with the recommendations for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Innovate and Experiment: April 30 & May 1. This stage was the pilot phase for the campaign to experiment with what was feasible and if there were enough interest and engagement to continue on. Overall, there has been a positive feedback with a reach of 150, 000 persons globally. 

Deep-diving into issues: May 26 & 27 during these two days, the campaign will co-create solutions and deep-dive into issues which have emerged in the innovate an experiment phase. In curated sessions, expertise will be shared, partnerships developed and issues based policy recommendations generated. 

Consolidate recommendations: Policy recommendations will be consolidated in the third round of the campaign, which will be held on June 17 & 18

Culmination events: The fourth round of the campaign will be a series of fireside chats & panels which will start in July and continue to September in preparation for the UN General Assembly. 

Campaign recommendations based on emergent issues

The current issues which are emerging based on the first round of sessions are:

  • Food security: In a time when crops are dying that could lead to a possible food shortage, what are feasible solutions to ensure food security, especially in vulnerable areas?
  • Education: During and post-COVID-19, how to ensure to get children back to school?
  • Health: Beyond vaccines, how to ensure last/first mile health?
  • Gender Equality: As women and girls are being more directly impacted by isolation and in the convergence of the personal and the public spaces, how do we ensure gender equality?
  • Mental Health: With 1 in 10 people being depressed and this rate growing what can countries do to ensure a positive mindset?
  • Social cohesion: how to build on the current social cohesion to ensure better treatment for migrants, minimize racial and ethnic discrimination and gender disparity?
  • Economic opportunity & Livelihoods With millions of jobs lost and economies entering into a depression, how do we ensure livelihoods?
  • Climate: With the global emissions dropping, has COVID-19 affected how we look at climate change and does this mean any radical changes for the future?
  • Water & Sanitation: How do you survive a pandemic when people do not have  access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities?
  • Client Centered Evaluation:  how do we ensure client centered evaluation as the new formal and ensure that this feedback build’s into the Social Progress Imperative?
  • Crisis & Disaster Response: How do we ensure that we are properly prepared for future crises and disasters?
  • Digital Transformation: We are more dependent on digitalization now than ever. Will post-COVID-19 see a digital transformation of our work structure?

Campaign outcome

The key learnings from the campaign will be compiled into a document which will be shared with the UN deputy Secretary General, heads of states and other concerned persons who can leverage the expertise from the social entrepreneurs, the proposed scalable solutions and policy recommendations.

Stay tuned!

We’re still in our planning and development phase, while pursuing a few early opportunities that have emerged from within the movement. The Catalyst 2030 website is a work-in-progress and will be regularly updated.

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