European philanthropy at the nexus of disability and the SDGs

Fundación ONCE and the European Foundation Centre have jointly elaborated this publication focused on how the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a framework for foundations to develop their action on disability inclusion. The publication includes key reflections on this topic as well as examples and testimonies of eleven relevant foundations from nine countries -France, UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Turkey and Georgia. The publication has been developed in the framework of Disability Hub Europe.

 

One of the main conclusions of the publication is that philanthropic organizations in Europe are well-positioned to adopt the SDGs as a useful guiding tool to think differently about their impact and strategy. It was found that many foundations are working towards the SDGs in their disability inclusion action, whether they do it more or less explicitly. In this sense, taking into consideration that the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs have become a top issue in the global agenda, efforts by the philanthropic sector to better link both internally and externally their activities to the SDGs can be a powerful way to enhance foundations’ visibility and to reinforce the value of their already significant social contribution.

 

The SDGs can serve as well as a guide to make interlinkages more evident and to ensure that the broader picture is visible while organizations are pursuing their particular philanthropic goals. The SDGs framework can also function as an important reminder that there is no Goal reached by one single actor alone, and that the already growing Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) agenda for philanthropy can be strengthened. Finally the research underlines the need to generate disaggregated data, in this case, related to people with disabilities.