Lead2030 Challenge for Goal 17

Supported by KPMG

The Challenge: Building scalable partnerships to accelerate education, literacy and skills development.

To create ‘the world we want’–as envisioned through the Sustainable Development Goals–we need revitalised global partnerships based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity. Partnerships need to focus on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and include all countries, all stakeholders and all people. 

The private sector must work in partnership with governments, the charitable sector, the United Nations, academia, and other institutions on solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Central to these challenges are education, literacy and skills development–fundamental to accelerating progress on all the Sustainable Development Goals.

KPMG is committed to working collaboratively in pursuit of the SDGs. We work with not-for-profit organizations advancing education, literacy and skills development, including Junior Achievement, WE, Worldreader, ENACTUS and One Young World. Further, we collaborate with a broad range of businesses and other stakeholders to advance the SDGs through purposeful business. 

KPMG also publishes insights into how to effectively partner for the SDGs including ‘Unlocking the Power of Partnership – A Framework for Effective Cross-Sector Collaboration to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals’. To drive action, we regularly convene diverse stakeholders to encourage new and expanded partnerships.

The Lead2030 Challenge for SDG17, supported by KPMG, aimed to identify and grow a multi-stakeholder joint venture that mobilises and shares knowledge, expertise, technology and/or financial resources, to improve education, literacy and/or skills development.

The Winner

Bradley Heslop, WSV


WSV enables communities at the base of the pyramid (living on <$2 per day) to effect sustainable impact on education, health and the economy through locally-run businesses, supported by development organisations and a global network.


By combining frugal innovation with a collaborative business approach, WSV has developed a network model that empowers rural people to address their own issues. They support the foundations of community education, health, and economy whilst making rural development investment worthy.

Through this model, entrepreneurs will generate earn incomes up to 4.5x the community average. WSV works with communities, NGOs, universities, and other entities to develop solutions to development challenges. A sustainable micro-business model is then built around them to organically sustain and grow the impact. Once proven, WSV packages them into a “Business in a Box”, which receive investment from NGOs (master franchisees) on a social franchise to implement in communities they work with.

WSV’s current portfolio, operated by over 200 entrepreneurs in East and Southern Africa, and developed for 6-8 years, includes:

  • Petal: Delivering free sexual and reproductive health education and making affordable reusable sanitary pads.
  • Roots: Building communal toilets, mainly in schools, that allow the conversion of human waste into liquid and solid fertilisers.
  • Right Light: Creating affordable, zero risk, access to solar products and services through a rental and battery charging scheme.

Over the next 5 years, WSV aims to directly benefit 3 million people from its community enterprises.



“Partnerships are at the very heart of what we do they enable us to both go further and faster contrary to the saying. With the support from KPMG and One Young World, we hope to not just push towards SDG 17 but many of the goals through our diverse social franchise portfolio.”