With a larger than $2.5 trillion funding gap for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations such as CollatEd Lab, the UNDP, the International Cooperative Alliance, and more have become fundamental to accelerating global progress towards an inclusive, sustainable future for all. Relentlessly working towards UN’s goals, Sara Ketabi, Founder and CEO of CollatEd Lab, and youngest appointed foreign policy consultant to the President of Rwanda, links lack of significant progress towards the SDGs in Rwanda to a low level of private sector participation.
Sara strongly believes public capital will not suffice, which is why she has facilitated cross-sectoral collaborations and taken a more holistic approach to sustainable policymaking.
Rather than solely relying on the public sector and thus neglecting the voices of other, equally influential sectors, Ketabi tailors a financing paradigm for data-driven development that addresses both systemic and behavioral barriers through CollatEd Lab’s policy programs that have further investigated these deep-rooted issues relating to systems, governance, and political capacity-building. Her evidence-driven approach to sustainability and foreign policy consulting has resulted in the co-creation of a national strategic development plan sponsored by the Rwanda Cooperative Alliance to include establishing national sustainable priorities, ranging from mitigating the impact of COVID-19 to aligning private capital to address the SDGs in Rwanda.
Learn more about Sara Ketabi by visiting her official website