Sustainable development goal 17 focuses on “partnerships for the goals” and underscores the need to: “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” SDG 17 promotes cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in pursuit of all SDGs by the year 2030.
As the IWG Board and Organizational Development Committee rallied to determine the strategic goals of this collaborative, we found that SDG 17 is a valuable goal to align ourselves with.
As emerging global health leaders, we bring a unique perspective as co-creators of knowledge production and dissemination, however the voices of early career professionals in global health are largely lacking in high-level discussions and decision-making. Thus, the IWG hopes to be a global sounding board and community of action, meant to reflect back and act on the thoughts, perspectives, and ideas of emerging global health leaders.
The IWG’s efforts are centered on a 3-pillar structure, focusing on advocacy, capacity strengthening, and knowledge generation and sharing.
Knowledge Generation and Sharing: Knowledge Generation and Sharing Initiatives aim to create and generate content and share and influence awareness around various issues of interest (including research and non-research forms of knowledge development and sharing).
Advocacy: Advocacy Initiatives are member-led, member-initiated activities aimed to bring about social, public awareness, and/or culture change on behalf of a particular health goal, program, interest, or community.
Capacity Strengthening: Capacity Strengthening Initiatives include soft and hard skills training and opportunities to strengthen the capacities of IWG members and broader communities to mobilize action and strengthen personal and professional development within and beyond the IWG.