Collaborating to Achieve the SDGs

8th June 2020 10:00am Singapore Time

Session Highlights:

  • Speakers focused on ‘how to collaborate’, not just ‘why we should’. Mutual trust, a shared vision and co-creation from the ground-up are fundamental and including the broadest group of stakeholders is key. This goes beyond social investors and also includes large conglomerates, NGOs and even ‘unusual allies’.
  • Tim Hansted of Chandler Foundation championed the need for a paradigm shift, urging the social sector to change our focus to helping governments and markets work more efficiently; leveraging the greater financial and political clout that business and governments have.
  • The importance of humility and empathy was a common thread throughout. Each speaker highlighted the need to understand the context of problems, to listen to and empower underserved communities and set aside ego.

Important Disclaimer

Session Description

To achieve the SDGs by 2030, collaborations and partnerships are crucial to this success. As we consider the additional challenges posed by the economic and social setbacks from COVID-19, bringing together philanthropists in a meaningful way will be critical to success. This session will explore how we think long term about achieving these goals and what is the road map we need to put in place to reach these targets.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the importance of harnessing the power of collaborations and partnerships to address social challenges in the face of COVID-19
  • Explore opportunities and challenges for collaboration and increase the effectiveness of and demand for such partnerships
  • Showcase collaborative, cross-sector, and systemic approaches to creating systemic and sustainable change


Matthew Bishop

Moderator: Matthew Bishop

Former Economist Editor, and Author: Philanthrocapitalism

Tim Hanstad

Tim Hanstad

CEO Chandler Foundation

Neelam Chhiber

Neelam Chhiber

Co-founder and Managing Trustee Industree Crafts Foundation

Vishnu Swaminathan

Vishnu Swaminathan

Leadership Group Member, Vice President Ashoka

Debbie Aung Din

Debbie Aung Din

Co-Founder Proximity Designs

Access session resources

  • Richard F. Chandler established the Chandler Foundation in 2013. The Founder and Chairman of the Clermont Group, an international business group, Richard created the Chandler Foundation after nearly two decades of experience in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. The Chandler Foundation is the culmination of Richard’s philanthropic journey and is a manifestation of his calling as an investor in the philanthropic marketplace. Click here to find out more about The Chandler Foundation Story.
  • Read Tim Hanstad's article on 11 Lessons for Early-Stage Social Entrepreneurs and Nonprofit Leaders.
  • The Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social change innovators, collaborating in this urgent moment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • This Embracing Complexity: Towards a Shared Understanding of Funding Systems Change Report is a collaborative effort of funders, intermediaries, and systems change leaders who aim to send a signal to the social sector funding community – including philanthropists, foundations, impact investors, corporate donors, government agencies, and multilateral organizations – that current practices need to evolve to better support systems change leaders.

Explore more opportunities with AVPN

Become a member