Issue-Based Groups (IBGs)

Issue-Based collaborations have yielded the formation of Issue-Based Groups (IBG).

These groups bring together members from across the Catalyst 2030 network to advocate for the implementation of cross-cutting thematic areas. Through collaboration, members are able to move forward together allowing for the scaling-up of entrepreneurial initiatives and focus on achieving tactical and timely systemic change.

Climate Change

Chair: No chair currently

The Climate Crisis IBG is working to influence the structures, systems and mindsets that hinder progress on climate action. We convene members who are engaged in building resilient societies that reconcile social progress and climate action.

Disaster Relief, Response and Recovery

Chair: Alan Braithwaite (ISEDT Ltd)

The Catalyst2030 Group working on Disasters is formulating an operating model to enable Social Entrepreneurs to contribute to the 3 R’s of Disasters: Readiness, Response and Recovery. Under the strapline ‘Making Local Central’ we are defining ways in which disasters can be better mitigated and responded by using the skills and local knowledge of civil society organisations on the ground where the has or may occur.


Chairs: Urvashi Sahni (Study Hall Educational Foundation – SHEF)/ François Taddei (CRI Paris)

The goal of IBG Education is to provide a space where group members can share their innovative practices, ideas, thoughts about achieving SDG 4 in collaboration with each other. We aim to document our innovative practices and ideas in a shareable format, and offer it to other groups similarly engaged and to high level national and international decision making bodies.

Food Security and Agriculture

Chair: No chair currently

The Food Security IBG will focus on building strong support for all the ground level organizations doing real work to ensure a healthy & accessible food system for all citizens. By sharing best practices, resources, and deep experiences we are creating better understanding and above all, increased action on this severely broken global food system.


Chairs: Ellen Lewis (Ethos of Engagement)/Sohini Bhattacharya (Breakthrough)

The Gender IBG is working to create a framework that will help all approaches and methodologies to understand their work from an intersectional viewpoint as per the pressing domains for sustainable development. The framework can be applied to understand your work from a gender equality, environment and marginalised voices approach. In addition, the Gender IBG also wants to create spaces within the Catalyst 2030 for more women entrepreneurs to lead and to be at the table.


Chair: Cynthia D McKinney  (ProjectECHO)

We are advocating for the role of social entrepreneurs as key stakeholders with innovative solutions for COVID-19 preparedness, response, and vaccine distribution.


Chair: Eva Marszewski (Peacebuilders International)

The Justice IBG of Catalyst 2030 seeks to build strong institutions to provide justice and maintain and promote peaceful co-existence, guided by the philosophy, principles and practises of consensus-building and restorative justice. We convene diverse, collaborative leaders in consensus-building and restorative justice from around the world to mobilise their wisdom with the aim of healing divisions, rebuilding trust, and building the strong relationships necessary to ensure long-lasting peace.”

Refugee Integration

Chair: Lisa Ann Cooper (Catalysts)

The Refugee Integration IBG collaborates to scope existing tools and interventions that address psychosocial wellbeing as well as assessment tools to effectively measure psychosocial wellbeing and encourage a growth mindset.


Chair: Valeria Duflot (Overtourism Solutions)

The tourism IBG collaborates to create initiatives that contribute to the transformation of tourism into a driver of sustainable development.

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