SDGs and Our Focus Areas
Our focus areas and how they support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) to end extreme poverty by 2030 and improve livelihoods around the world. Lifeline Energy works primarily in Africa, providing access to education and information to women, orphans, vulnerable children and displaced populations through our solar and wind-up MP3 players and radios. Our programs contribute to 8 different SDGs:
Agriculture beats at the heart of African economies, with roughly 70% of Africans earning their living through subsistence farming. Enhancing their productivity is vital to increasing food security. Farmers need accurate and trusted information to learn how to increase crop yields and quality, adopt conservation farming practices, the safe use of pesticides and animal husbandry. With larger harvests, farmers have a chance to live with Zero Hunger.
HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, high rates of maternal and infant mortality, and stunting are critical health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Debilitating diseases, many preventable, erode productivity and well-being. Africa is home to an estimated 50 million orphans, more than a third of these due to AIDS. Reliable, credible information is paramount in reducing disease and promoting nutrition and Good Health and Well-Being for all ages.
Education is central to a nation’s future. Lack of resources, classrooms, trained teachers, books and school supplies all contribute to education challenges in Africa. On a continent where only half of all adults are literate, Africa’s future economic and social development relies on educating the next generation. But how can 40 million out-of-school children receive a high-quality basic education? Our solution is audio learning via radio or MP3 players. Students who attend radio school have a better chance of completing secondary school, more confidence, and higher levels of communication, auditory processing, and motor skills. Lifeline Energy provides innovative and cost-effective technology, so everyone has the chance for Quality Education.
The primary energy sources used by the poor (firewood, candles, kerosene, animal dung and disposable batteries) are all harmful to the environment and to the people who use them. They are particularly dangerous energy sources to women and children – as they spend the most time in the home. Affordable and Clean Energy is part of our DNA, as all of our products are powered by solar energy, with a self-powering wind-up option.
Governance is complex, even for the most transparent and democratic societies. Effective citizens know what their government is doing and how it affects their lives. On the other hand, a lack of information, or information that is rife with rumour, can stoke popular resentment and unrest. Especially in emerging democracies, people may have limited knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and be unable to advocate for their needs within the system. Radio is an excellent vehicle to provide civic education and Reduce Inequalities between economic classes and genders through information access.
Climate change is real. Global climate change, slash-and-burn farming practices, cutting of trees for charcoal, over-population, plant and animal species threatened with extinction, rising sea levels, and pollutants in our air, water and soil: these are all serious environmental challenges facing our planet today. Everyone needs accurate information on how to combat Climate Change in their own community. Radio can deliver information for Climate Action to rural and urban areas alike in local languages. Africa more than any other continent, sits on the frontline of climate change.
The primary energy sources used by the poor place incredible stress on African environments. Through conservation projects supported by our Prime radio and Lifeplayer MP3, we are helping to protect and restore Life on Land. These initiatives promote the use of sustainable ecosystems, help teach conservation farming techniques and how to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, advocate the use of more sustainable energy sources like solar, halt biodiversity loss, reverse land degradation and how to peacefully live with wildlife.
These goals are only possible because we create strong Partnerships— in fact, partnership is one of Lifeline’s core values. We collaborate with local and international NGOs and governments not only to provide our products but also to assist with training, distribution and monitoring and evaluating the impact of the content and our products to ensure the maximum impact for the investment.
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