SDG Meetup | Decent Work & Economic Growth

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Meetups are an accessible platform to learn about and work on the SDGs in an entrepreneurial way, facilitating collaboration and exchanging knowledge. It is an opportunity to meet social entrepreneurs, SMEs, independent professionals and established organisations working toward the same goal.

In May, we'll be focusing on SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth. As the global economy continues to recover from the 2008 economic crisis and global recession, we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. That's why SDG 8 promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.


- Unicef Nederland | Caroline Bomers, Business Connector for the Amsterdam region, will talk about the organisation's new project for SMEs, #UNICEFBusinessBuddies. Want to know how you can make an impact as an entrepreneur on SDG 8 together with UNICEF? Learn more about the theme Youth Empowerment, Generation Unlimited (the UN Youth 2030 Strategy to get every young person in a decent job and education) and UNICEF projects related to SDG 8, including Leaders of the Future (Jordan) and Techno Girls (South Africa).

- Social Finance NL | Co-founder Ruben Koekoek was educated as an economist (Cum Laude) with a focus on Development Economics and Macroeconomics. Prior to co-founding Social Finance NL, Koekoek led the Social Impact Bond efforts for ABN AMRO Bank. Together with the municipality of Rotterdam, Ruben initiated the first Social Impact Bond from continental Europe. Social Finance NL is a social enterprise that serves as in intermediary between government, service providers and impact investors in order to solve social issues more effectively. Ruben will join us to tell us more about the status of SDG 8 and about the work that Social Finance NL is doing across the globe to tackle un(der)employment.

- GreenfieldCities | Joris Benninga, Founder and CEO | GreenfieldCities (GFC) delivers sustainable solutions to mitigate forced migration. It does so by developing sustainable, safe, inclusive and productive urban areas in regions of origin of (potential) migrants. The initiative puts the creation of high-quality jobs for the local workforce at the heart of its enterprise and views entrepreneurship as a critical cornerstone to building thriving labour markets. Having started in 2016, GFC is getting ready to launch a Clean Tech Campus for 1500 people in Jordan in the year ahead together with a wide range of allies including the United Nations. Joris will join us to provide his perspective on the importance of jobs in sustainability and their Jordan pilot.


The evening will be facilitated by Alexandra Lomo, Community Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, and Carolien de Bruin, CEO of C-Change, an advisory and tech startup with a mission to connect social entrepreneurs to the capital and support they need to succeed.

19:00 Entrance (grab a drink)
19:30 - 21:30 Event (learn-innovate-participate)
21:30 - 22:00 Networking Drinks
22:00 End

Regular ticket: €9,50 – Includes a free drink
Impact Hub member ticket: Free
SDG House resident ticket: Free

Sustainable Development Goals Meetup is a monthly meetup powered by SDG House Residents Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change. Each edition focuses on one selected SDG (i.e. gender equality, climate change). It is an evening event with participatory nature to generate new learning, connections, collaborations and action! At each event we invite knowledge partners, entrepreneurs, innovators and expert facilitators to co-create this inspiring environment for us.

The meetups takes place at Impact Hub Amsterdam located in the SDG House (KIT Royal Tropical Institute) in Amsterdam Oost. SDG House, as a community, houses over 1000+ professionals and 50+ organisations working on or with the SDGs.