What is it?

The SDGlab is an innovative way to build new paths to overcome the great challenges presented by the 2030 Agenda in Brazil and all over the world. It is an initiative that promotes cooperation among governments, civil society and the private sector, understanding that establishing multisectoral partnerships is crucial to effectively implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the course of two days, we gather leaderships and representatives from different sectors of society so they can jointly find solutions, alternatives and build partnerships in order to solve wicked public problems, taking significant steps to achieve the SDGs and changing the mindset on facing the challenges of sustainable development.

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The pillar of ODSlab


ODSlab is a space for collaboration. An opportunity for key players to come together in the creation of initiatives that bring real progress in fulfilling Agenda 2030.


A new experience, based on moments of inspiration and overcoming challenges through a spirit of cooperation and social innovation. Always with your feet on the floor and your hand in the dough.


We aim at solving problems. Real challenges call for concrete solutions. This is done through multisectoral action that leads to the development of initiatives to be incubated, documented, implemented and shared worldwide.

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Socio-economic inclusion of refugees in the state of São Paulo

The refugee crisis has created new challenges around the world. The world is experiencing its largest refugee crisis since World War II. 65.6 million people have been forced to leave their homes since 2016, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In the state of São Paulo, the urgent need for public policies for refugees inspired the ODSlab held on February 28 and March 1, 2018.

The question: How can we welcome people seeking a new beginning in the richest state in Brazil, in a dignified and productive way?

The event took place over two days at the headquarters of Fundação SEADE (State Data Analysis Network) at Cidade Universitário in São Paulo, SP, Brazil

We collectively wrote an action plan for the various stakeholders involved: government, civil society, businesses, and the refugees themselves.

ODSLab participants also wrote a governance structure naming those responsible and deadlines for each of the efforts.

What did we discuss in the first ODSLabs?

Our first ODSLab experiences happened in the first half of 2017, in São Paulo and Brasília.

Around 50 representatives from various organizations from government, civil society, and business alike have experienced the lab and contributed to high-level discussions on possible solutions to sustainable development challenges in Brazil.

ODSLab centers on four core questions:

  1. What is needed to have governments, civil society, and the private sector work together toward sustainable development?
  2. How can we overcome structural challenges so that the SDGs can be effectively implemented in Brazil?
  3. What are the characteristics of complex public problems and how should we face them?
  4. What organizational and coordination models are needed to make solutions viable?
  5. Based on these four questions, the first four labs were designed, focusing on the following topics:

Transparency in Manaus (AM)

Manaus occupies the 19th position among the 27 capitals in the Transparency Ranking of the Federal Public Ministry, indicating that the way data is produced, made available and used makes an effective and democratic use of public resources very difficult. How to make the municipality more transparente?

Who participated in: Center for Sustainability Studies of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Ethos Institute, Natura, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Muda de Ideia/ 24h Sustainable Marathon, Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Lina Galvani Institute.

Sanitation in Macapá (AP)

How can we change a scenario where household waste is commonly dumped into rivers or land, causing contamination and other negative health impacts to the city’s population?

Who participated in: Agenda Pública, Alliance for Water, Brazilian Association of Municipalities (ABM), Fundación Avina, MGov, Programa das United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT).

Mobility in Piracicaba (SP)

How to create a system that is connected to a sustainable development project, which prioritizes public transport and focuses on the people, especially in the most vulnerable sectors?

Who participated in: Agenda Pública, Casa Fluminense, National Front of Mayors (FNP), Fundación Avina, The City Needs You Institute, Ethos Institute, Global Compact Network – Brazil, São Paulo Municipal Secretariat for Environment (SVMA)

Financial crisis in Mossoró (RN)

Faced with a unsustainable development model, how can we generate and prioritize investments on financing public policies in this municipality?

Who participated in: Avesso Sustentabilidade, Ribeirão Preto City Hall, Recife’s Sustainable Development Secretariat, Banco do Brasil Foundation, GIZ, Veredas Institute, Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Sustainable Cities Program, Caruaru City Hall, Niquelândia City Hall, Amazon Conservation Team, UNDP, Ricardo Young.


Who's doing it?

The Agenda Pública is a non-profit civil society organization of public interest (OSCIP), whose purpose is to improve public management, democratic governance and encourage social participation. We work to build a collective agenda, based on the establishment of partnerships for the formulation and implementation of public policies, and for the improvement of the capacities and performance of local governments.

We are looking forward to taking the SDGlab throughout the country!
Enabling this experience depends on partnerships that can be established between Agenda Pública and institutions/organizations from all sectors - corporations, governments and civil society. Together, we can build the perfect path to make the lab happen!


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The SDGs

The SDGs compose a new global agenda for sustainable development, adopted in September 2015 during the United Nations Summit. In total, there are 17 goals and 169 targets that make up an agenda that is even more ambitious and challenging than the ones in the MDGs, founded on the three interconnected elements of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and protection of the environment.

The SDGs are part of the Agenda 2030, and require an integrated approach, the establishment of commitments, the investment of resources, ample supervision, as well as interdependent action between sectors of society.

In effect since January 1st, 2016, the SDGs must be met by December 31, 2030.



If you have any doubts about the lab, don't hesitate to contact us! ods@agendapublica.org.br

Is the SDGlab opened to the public?

No. The lab is composed by stakeholders that are carefully identified and invited to take part in the lab due to their involvement in the problem in focus.

How does it work?

The SDGlab takes about two days. But long before the actual meeting, Agenda Pública delves into building the diagnosis of the problem to be worked out in the lab. So, when the stakeholders are brought together, an immersion on the 2030 Agenda is conducted before the problem is explored through its multiple dimensions. Conceptual debates are revisited as well as the most recent reflections on the public policies domain are brought to light. Besides that, some inspirational dialogues are also proposed over the entire process. Therefore, the challenge to be overcome is explored and jointly defined. Afterwards the participants are invited to build short, medium and long-term action plans based on the multiple perspectives represented in the lab. Partnerships are built so that the solutions found can be described and properly implemented.

How can I bring SDGlab to my city?

The SDGlab is built from partnerships. Institutions from all sectors are welcome to contact us if interested in facilitating its implementation in their own region. If the proposing institution does not have resources available to promote the lab, we can jointly find alternatives to make it viable. Contact us here.