The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed by the United Nations as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global changes we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals are interconnected and each one has a target that should be reached by 2030 to leave no one behind.

For nearly two decades now, Camps International has put our projects and communities at the heart of everything we do. Every project is carefully designed in consultation with local stakeholders and supports at least one of these goals. Our unique social enterprise model also successfully tackles many of these goals, promoting local employment and infrastructure in rural areas where it is needed most.

 To find out more about each goal and how we are working towards each global target, please read on.


E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-01 Goal 1: No Poverty

836 million people live in extreme poverty.

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Our Impact: We work almost exclusively in rural villages where poverty levels are high and there are little or no employment opportunities. Our long term commitment to each region means that we provide stable employment for locals as well as developing infrastructure and amenities to improve prospects for hundreds of thousands of people.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-02 Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Globally, one in nine people in the world today (815 million) are undernourished. Yet, over 1/3 of the world’s food is wasted.

It’s time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes while supporting rural development and protecting the environment.

Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters, such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. Poor food security is also causing millions of children to suffer the effects of severe malnutrition.

Our Impact: We work with local communities to provide long-lasting solutions to food shortages and encourage self-sufficiency. From developing organic gardens and vegetable plots to building greenhouses and improving soil quality, we have supported more than 100,000 people in successfully increasing food production. Our livestock deworming programme has also treated over 25,000 animals to improve meat yield and market value for struggling subsistence farmers.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-03 Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Despite determined global progress, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in these regions.

Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, but there is still much more to be done to promote efficient technologies for clean fuel use during cooking and education on the risks of tobacco.

Many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.

Our Impact: Our healthcare and sanitation projects are all focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting the wellbeing at all ages, as this is essential for sustainable development. Our Healthcare Outreach Programme has provided free medical care to more than 32,000 rural Kenyans. We’ve also built or improved 6 medical centres worldwide.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-04 Goal 4: Quality Education

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and numeracy.

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation for creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

Our Impact: More than half of the nearly 300 projects we’ve run since 2003 have been focused on developing school infrastructure in the poorest communities. We’ve worked to improve 77 schools to benefit more than 40,000 children. We’ve constructed and improved 183 classrooms and built 11 libraries and computer centres. We’ve also provided training to nearly 30,000 children through our Sports Development Programme.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-05 Goal 5: Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. 

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes is essential in creating sustainable economies and benefiting societies and humanity at large.

Our Impact: Every project we work on supports women and girls, giving them access to education facilities, appropriate ablutions, and empowering them to become successful business leaders. We work to support women’s groups and our Sports Development Programme has given 15,000 girls a chance to participate in sport – often for the first time – and worked to break down gender stereotypes.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-06 Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 6 in 10 people lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, millions of people including children die every year from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater. Drought in specific afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.

Our Impact: We have developed more than 30 clean water initiatives, providing almost limitless safe water to around 70,000 people worldwide and improved sanitation by building 36 kitchens and 220 toilets.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-07 Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with other Sustainable Development Goals. Focusing on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.

Our Impact: We are continuously striving to ensure our operation is as environmentally sensitive as possible. We have also developed a number of clean energy initiatives through our projects including installing 2000 fuel-efficient stoves, developing biomass fuel briquettes to reduce charcoal consumption in Africa, and building a prototype biogas collector in Borneo.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-08 Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day.

Although global unemployment rates are declining, having a job still doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population.

Our Impact: We currently employ 180 full-time staff, 70% of which are in developing countries. Our network of permanent camps and a wide range of project initiatives provide much-needed employment and security within each rural village. Additionally, many of our projects are focused on creating additional employment opportunities for local residents.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-09 Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries.

Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognised that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.

Our Impact: Our housing and welfare project provides essential infrastructure for dozens of rural communities that have been left behind. We’ve constructed 30 community centres, built dams and water irrigation systems, repaired and resurfaced dozens of roads and constructed 18 bridges to improve safety and enable free movement between villages.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-10 Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Evidence from developing countries shows that children in the poorest 20 per cent of the populations are still up to three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in the richest quintiles.

The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty.  The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction.  However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.

There is a growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

Our Impact: Everything we do is focused on trying to redress the imbalance in living standards between more developed regions and poorer rural communities. We are achieving this through sustainable poverty reduction and improving access to basic facilities and training in order to improve prospects.  

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-11 Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

883 million people live in slums today and most of them are found in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia.

Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in urban areas today with 95% of urban expansion taking place in the developing world over the next few decades.

Many challenges exist to maintaining urbanised areas in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources.

Our Impact: Although this goal focuses on cities and urban areas, we are supporting sustainable infrastructure development in rural areas. Since 2009 we’ve built and renovated 67 homes for the homeless and destitute.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-12 Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all.

Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life.

At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, particularly within Eastern Asia. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution.

Our Impact: All of our projects are developed with sustainability in mind. When we build a camp, we source eco-friendly local materials where possible and minimise our transportation costs by sourcing food and project materials locally. Our environmental education programmes educate each client about sustainable resource use and we use carefully vetted suppliers and providers that share our values.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-13 Goal 13: Climate Action

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

To strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement, which went into force in November of 2016. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees centigrade. As of April 2018, 175 parties had ratified the Paris Agreement and 10 developing countries had submitted their first iteration of their national adaptation plans for responding to climate change.

Our Impact: As a social enterprise, we are constantly looking at ways we can improve our sustainability and effect positive change. This year, every staff member is collaborating on a new sustainability manifesto to identify areas in our operation where we can reduce our carbon footprint.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-14 Goal 14: Life Below Water

Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 per cent of the living space on the planet by volume.

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.

Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

Our Impact: Our global marine conservation programme strives to educate clients and locals about the importance of our marine ecosystems and supports sustainable fishing practices in coastal villages. We’ve removed 15 tonnes of marine refuse from almost 100 miles of coastline and developed effective recycling programmes to utilise plastic and rubber that has washed up on our beaches.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-15 Goal 15: Life On Land

Forests are home to more than 80 per cent of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife continues to thwart conservation efforts, with nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants reported in illegal trade involving 120 countries.

Forests cover 30.7 per cent of the Earth’s surface and, in addition to providing food security and shelter, they are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. By protecting forests, we will also be able to strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.

At the current time, thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares. Even though up to 15% of land is currently under protection, biodiversity is still at risk. Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty.

Our Impact: Our conservation work is focused in 7 of the world’s 35 global biodiversity hotspots, and we’re currently working to protect almost 850,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-16 Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The rule of law and development have a significant interrelation and are mutually reinforcing, making it essential for sustainable development at the national and international level.

Our Impact: This goal is focused at the national and international level. However, we have strict ethical guidelines and working practices for all our suppliers and third party providers. We are also proud members of a number of trade associations, promoting best practice within the responsible tourism sector.

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E_SDG goals_icons-individual-rgb-17 Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals

We all need to work together to achieve these goals for sustainable development.

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local levels.

Our Impact: We work closely with a number of local, national and international partners to ensure that our projects deliver the maximum positive impact possible. These include WWF, PACOS, EAWS and Reefolution.

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