“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” – Isaiah 58:6-7


The Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals or SDG’s), adopted by the United Nations, are an universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. All the goals are integrated – that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership and active participation of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to ensure that we leave a better planet for future generations.

Which Sustainable Development Goals does The Domino Foundation align with?

Our biblical mandate calls us to be “caretakers and stewards” of creation and take ‘Dominion’, which does not mean to exploit or destroy, but rather to exercise compassion and responsibility for both creation and the created.

At a Global level, currently, this manifests itself in the development of the SDG’s and so our programmes align with a number of the ambitious goals. Collectively, our programmes outwork 5 of the 17 SDG’s and Corporate Business Partners, Philanthropists and other Civil Society Stakeholders and Role Players can support and align with these programmes, which ultimately contribute and build towards achieving these goals.

Although the SDG’s largely focus on achievement with national figures and percentages, Domino applies our monitoring and tracking tools to our beneficiary base, as we believe, if we focus on who we can reach, and ensure the proportion of our beneficiary base are succeeding, this will have a #DominoEffect on our local, then national and ultimate global impact and significance.


“End poverty in all its forms everywhere”

This goal seeks to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, and ensure they are living above the international and national poverty-lines. It also seeks to build capacity and resilience of those who are vulnerable to economic, social and environmental disasters.  At Domino, most (if not all) of our programmes are designed to empower individuals and assist them to break free from the cyclical nature of extreme poverty. Our Cradle-to-Career Implementation Framework, which drives our Socio-Economic Development (SED) activities, allows Domino to walk a long term journey with individuals and families to change their trajectory from a perpetual rhythm of brokenness and desperation to a future full of hope and potential, through adoption, education and economic development.

Our Disaster Response Unit, as part of our Humanitarian Relief Aid Programme, assists communities to develop and adopt grass-roots risk-reduction and mitigation strategies to minimize individual’s exposure and vulnerability to extreme disasters.

We track our progress by measuring:

  • Targets: 1.1, 1.2 & 1.5
  • Indicators: 1.1.1, 1.2.1, 1.2.2 & 1.5.4

Tools and Metrics used:

  • Greenlight Survey (previously known as Poverty StopLight, rebranded by Domino as My Family Journey)
  • Proportion of beneficiaries living below the poverty lines (both International & National benchmarks)

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Goal 2: Zero hunger

“End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.”

Goal 2 seeks to increase the level of access, by all people, to nutritious and sufficient food all year round. This should contribute towards ending all forms of hunger and malnutrition, including focused effort on combating stunting, wasting and obesity in children.  At Domino, our Nutrition Programme aims at ensuring no child is too hungry to focus and learn, while concentrating efforts to identify and refer children under 5 years old for medical support, if they present with signs of childhood stunting, wasting or obesity. This is achieved through meal provision (over 1 million nutritious meals per year), nutrition education workshops, household food security surveys and field worker data collection of height, weight, age and other measurements for analysis.

We track our progress by measuring;

  • Targets: 2.1 & 2.2
  • Indicators: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.2.1 & 2.2.2

Tools and metrics used:

  • (S)tunting.(W)asting.(O)besity Metrics
  • F.I.E.S Surveys
  • Quality checks on food provided (nutritionists support)
  • Feeding 150 Tool

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Goal 4: Quality education

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

SDG 4 focuses on education to ensure that all people have access to quality learning, everywhere. Seeking a goal of having all children complete quality primary and secondary education and ensuring that children between the ages of 24-59 months are developmentally on track for their age, this SDG aims to improve the participation rate as well as completion rates at learning institutions, from ECD Centres, to Primary, Secondary, High School and Tertiary Level Education Institutions.

At Domino, we believe that quality education is one of the golden keys to unlocking the poverty cycle and so our education interventions are designed to support learner’s progress from foundation phase learning opportunities, right through to tertiary level education. From providing formalised active learning ECD services, to ensuring every child can read and write in English by the end of Grade 3, to teaching critical thinking, EQ awareness and values-based life skills to the provision of bursaries and learnerships for tertiary education, Domino’s Cradle-to-Career model places education at base and centre of each indivudual’s need for independence and dignity.

We track our progress by measuring:

  • Targets: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6 & 4.c
  • Indicators: 4.1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6 & 4.c

Tools and metrics used:

  • ECD Child Milestone tracker
  • Stunting, Wasting & Obesity Measures
  • ECD 150 tool measures the learning establishment and teacher qualifications
  • Literacy proficiency at programme, learner and school level
  • Life Skills Values tracker
  • Skills Development learner pass rate and completion
  • Domino LifeTrack

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Goal 5: Gender equality

“Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

Through the pledge to ‘Leave No One Behind’, countries have committed to fast-track progress for those who are left further behind, first. This SDG aims to grant women and girls equal rights, opportunities to live free without discrimination (including workplace discrimination) as well as freedom from any abuse or violence.

At Domino, our Red Light Anti-Human-Trafficking Programme aims to release survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation. A large proportion of women are subjected to sexual violence and our goal is to break the chains of exploitation and abuse to set the captives free. This is achieved through our Reach out, Restore and Release, 3-phase approach for the rehabilitation of survivors of sexual exploitation. Through counseling and educational opportunities, we have witnessed individuals redeemed from a life of violence and oppression.

We track our progress by measuring:

  • Targets: 5.2
  • Indicators: 5.2.2

Tools and metrics used:

  • Intake Assessment Forms
  • Red Light Life Track: measuring relapse rates, employment and education progress

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Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

This goal focuses on creating sustainable economic growth and promoting productivity through job creation, developing and growing micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises and ensuring education and training for youth to seek employment, while ensuring decent and safe working environments.

At Domino, our Skills Development Programme aims to release qualified, eligible and employable graduates who take up an active and impactful role in the working population. Our ECD Programme, through our Enterprise Development (ED) activities, sees crèche owners running thriving and successful small businesses through entrepreneurial and enterprise development. And our Red Light Anti-Human-Traffick Programme has seen individuals no longer selling their bodies to generate an income which no longer perpetuates the allure of the sex industry.

We track our progress by measuring:

  • Targets: 8.6
  • Indicators: 8.6.1

Tools and metrics used:

  • ECD 150 Tool – tracks growth of the enterprise over time
  • Proportion of Skills candidates still in employment

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We believe in building mutually beneficial relationships with our partners working towards community centric goals and values. By partnering with and supporting The Domino Foundation you leverage a 16 year history of consistent and significant transformation development termed the #DominoEffect of changing a life, changing a community, changing a nation.

  1. CSI/CSR and Community Development Alignment: Supporting any of the aforementioned programmes allows your organisation to outwork their desire to impact effective social change within our country through Social Justice, Education and Nutrition.
  2. B-BBEE Compliance and Tax Benefits: Investing in these allows your organisation to take advantage of the additional B-BBEE contribution points through the Socio-Economic Development (SED) Enterprise Development (ED) and Skills Development elements. We can provide relevant Certification, Affidavits, Section 18A’s and Impact Reports as necessary.

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