Our work on Goal 17
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals
As one of the world’s leading research institutions and the UK’s first university to have social responsibility as a core goal, we’re tackling the SDGs in four inter-related ways: through our research, learning and students, public engagement activity and operations.
Here’s a selection of our work addressing Goal 17.
Our criminology researchers have linked up with leading research and technology development company, Trilateral Research, to collaborate on Project Honeycomb.
This develops relationships with organisations across the private, public and civil society sectors, and supports them to record information related to modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
Building on these insights, Honeycomb runs a series of campaigns and helps the city intelligently and creatively protect people from the crimes of human trafficking and modern slavery as well as interrupting traffickers’ activities.
Deforestation is the second leading cause of climate change after fossil fuels, accounting for almost a fifth of planet-warming emissions.
Our researchers led an international and interdisciplinary team of ecologists, economists and political scientists in the largest ever study of community forestry.
Studying 18,000 community-led forest initiatives in Nepal we found that community-forest management led to a 37% relative reduction in deforestation and a 4.3% relative reduction in poverty.
Learning and students
We partner with small local charities in Manchester right through to major government departments through our Q-Step programme.
This places students on internships in organisations that require data skills and analysis and we’ve collaborated on projects with the Office for National Statistics on global, national and regional datasets used to measure progress on SDGs.
We’re committed to empowering students with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to address all of the SDGs through partnerships with public, private and civil society organisations.
Our University Living Lab platform connects student projects with external organisations to address the SDGs.
Our Volunteer Hub acts to advance partnerships between hundreds of charities and our student volunteers.
And many academic programmes offer service-learning partnerships, where external organisations benefit from practical student interventions in areas such as dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, business and legal advice.
Policy@Manchester is our University’s sector-leading policy engagement institute.
It connects researchers with policymakers and influencers, nurturing long-term policy engagement partnerships and impact.
We partner with a range of organisations to carry out meaningful public engagement with diverse audiences and share ideas and research as well as inspiring informed discussion, debate and creativity.
- partnering with the British Society of Immunology and Royal Society of Biology on a citizen science Britain Breathing programme;
- patient and public involvement and engagement partnerships to inform our clinical research and education;
- working alongside diaspora communities, the British Museum and galleries in the global south to design our Museum’s South Asia Gallery;
- working with private festival organisers on our annual bluedot festival;
- partnering with the cultural sector on the Manchester International Festival, Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Histories Festival;
- leading public engagement partnerships such as the Creative Ageing Development Agency and international Asociación de Arte Útil.
Examples of our civic partnerships include:
- those with Manchester City Council on education, planning and the environment;
- the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other local universities on a new Civic University Agreement to enhance regional social, economic and environmental wellbeing;
- a Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Health Innovation Manchester to drive local health improvements;
- the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver growth, jobs and prosperity for the area;
- Innovation GM to catalyse inclusive economic growth, level up the north, and increase global trade.
We also prioritise global partnerships to advance our work towards the SDGs. These include:
We signed the international SDG Accord as part of our ongoing commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Our Alliance Manchester Business School also signed the Principles for Responsible Management in Education (PRME). We are a founding member of the UK’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).