Deki and the Sustainable Development Goals
Taking care of people and planet
In 2015, the United Nations launched the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. At the centre of the agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which address the global challenges we face, and are a promise to end poverty and reduce the inequalities that leave people behind, building a more sustainable future for people and planet.
Deki’s five programmes actively contribute to the achievement of 13 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and provide opportunities to tackle climate change, improve health and education, reduce gender inequality, and help communities to work their way out of poverty.
How Deki’s programmes are contributing towards the SDG’s
Our work aims to reduce the inequalities that people living in hard-to-reach communities in rural Togo face every day.
By working together, we make it possible for rural families to access basic amenities, such as healthcare, education, financial services, and safe water. We also provide business and entrepreneurship training, and support communities with the knowledge and tools to work their way out of poverty.
Our work supports women by giving them access to financial services so they can invest in their businesses. We deliver women’s rights workshops to educate women about their basic human rights, such as their right to education and their right to live free from violence.
As part of the Agricultural Cooperatives programme, we support small-scale farmers to increase their productivity, skills and income. Through farmer field schools, we teach sustainable land management practices, giving small holder farmers the knowledge to protect their land, forests and water, whilst improving their productivity and helping them to combat the effects of climate change and make sustainable, long-term positive change.
The aim of this project is to greatly improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people. The water boreholes provide safe water, reducing the risk of waterborne diseases and removing the need to burn firewood for water purification, which reduces CO2 emissions. Women and children will spend less time collecting water and firewood.
Through MUSA we help to increase access to basic healthcare services and information, and increase the trust in healthcare professionals. MUSA supports vulnerable families to better cope with healthcare expenses and helps to break the cycle of poverty and poor health for good.
Adokpo Wazam provides fuel-efficient cookstoves to rural families, which reduces the pressure on forests and natural resources, reduces household air pollution caused by cooking indoors on a traditional three-stone fire, and it empowers women by releasing them from the gendered burden of daily wood collection.
"Thank you for giving us the gift of water" - Chief Koto Taga, Loome It was a long drive to meet the Mother Club of Loome on one of our last days during our visit to Togo, back in November 2022. These dusty red roads would take us into the heart of rural Togo....
"DEKI loans are the starting point for us women. We are thankful from the deepest part of our hearts" - Adjo, Novignon-Anone Women's Empowerment Collective When a woman is empowered, the whole community benefits. By supporting a woman to work her way out of...
Together with our partner in Togo, we have created a Farmer Field School to run alongside the Cooperative programme. It promotes the adoption of sustainable land management practices.