The foundation invited over 18 young activists, social justice advocates and journalists from Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Cape Town and Durban to Johannesburg for the event.
The Goalkeepers initiative was started last year and focuses on ways to hold the governments accountable for meeting the 17 sustainable development goals that were set out by the UN General Assembly in 2015. The goals address the global challenges countries face including poverty, inequality and climate and environmental degradation.
“We have had a couple of events in New York and in a number of other places but the place that matters most is Africa. We have to take this from being abstract goals to something that feels very concrete to every individual,” said Mark Suzman, chief strategy officer and president of global policy and advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Precious Moloi-Motsepe from the Motsepe Foundation, a partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said the epitome of a goalkeeper was to emulate the examples Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.