AASW SDG Voluntary Local Review - Report
In 2019, the AASW partnered with RMIT University and developed a social work studio placement with a significant SDG focus, in both reviewing how the association is progressing in achieving the Goals and identifying opportunities for future action. The placement used a studio pedagogy that focused on collaboration, problem solving and exploring new possibilities for action.
Over a 70-day period, students in groups undertook a comprehensive review of the AASW’s policy and advocacy actions (through policy submissions, media releases and other advocacy efforts) from 2016 to 2019, and identified how they align with the 17 Goals and 169 targets.
The placement is based on the idea of Voluntary Local Reviews.
In 2018, the concept of the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) was developed by the City of New York, USA. The VLRs, which are modelled after the Voluntary National Review (VNR) that Member States submit during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), allows local governments the opportunity to report their progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly to the United Nations. This review expands this model to non-government organisations.
This report present the findings from this review and also identifies future directions/recommendations for the AASW.
You can read the report here.