From the start, Catalyst 2030 members have explored systems change approaches as a means to accelerate our collective efforts to achieve the SDGs.
What is systems change? Recognising that there is no one definition, see how systems change was explained in the New Allies report:
Systems change captures the idea of addressing the causes, rather that the symptoms, of a societal issue by taking a holistic (or ‘systemic’) view. Systemic change is generally understood to require adjustments or transformations in the policies, practices, power dynamics, social norms or mindsets that underlie the societal issue at stake. It often involves the collaboration of a diverse set of players and can take place on a local, national or global level. The iceberg illustration below shows different levels at which systemic change can take place: ‘deeper’ changes tend to result in greater impact, but less-dramatic shifts can pave the way towards these deeper changes.