The United Nations have set 17 Development Goals and we target 12 of them

Last Friday September 25th, 150 heads of state adopted the historic Agenda 2030 at the Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The new Agenda, which includes 17 interrelated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) foresees a new era in development while considering social, economic and environmental dimensions as key elements to work for the well-being of people and planet.

As we celebrate the new agenda, Noel Sampson Dev Studio and associated partners have already begun to address 12 of the set goals. Join us in our work to achieve a better and more sustainable world for all. Learn how in Dev Studio we are working on archiving advances and increasing our impacts on the following Dev Goals:

E_SDG_Icons-01End poverty in all its forms

Poverty eradication is the core of the new development agenda. The goal is by 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day and reduce at least by half the proportion of people of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions.

Along with our partners, we are working on ensuring that all men and women have equal rights and access to basic services (target 1.4). Additionally, through our urban development and sustainable architecture practice we are working on pro-poor development strategies to contribute on building resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations, while reducing their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters (target 1.5). By doing this we reduce the impacts of severe climate on people’s economic and social assets.

See:  Resilient Communities Workshop, Pro-poor Adaptation Vietnam, Amparo School

E_SDG_Icons-03Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages

This goal pursues the reduction of global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, by 2030 (target 3.1) and to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age (target 3.2).

Along with our client Bridges to Community, that requested our support on designing a Maternity House in the community of Hormiguero in Siuna, we have contributed on improving the access to public health services for pregnant women. Since the nearest hospital to Hormiguero is 15 hours walk away, the new Maternity House contributes on improving quality of life and also on reducing maternity and children mortality.

Read more about Hormiguero’s Maternity House

E_SDG_Icons-04Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 

Noel Sampson Dev Studio works closely on building and upgrading education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and aims at providing safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all (target 4.a).

See: Amparo School, Fonseca School, Sasle school, Rosa Grande School Library

E_SDG_Icons-06Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

We have supported our clients Bridges to Community and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health on planning and implementing a WASH improvement project for the Hospital Carlos Centeno in Siuna, which provides services to 10,000 patients every year and serves as the only health center for 80,000 people. The project created a rain water collection system to drain water from the roof to underground tanks, from where solar powered pumps bring it to sanitary units. We also built improved latrines, toilets and bathrooms.

See: WASH project Hospital Carlos Centeno

E_SDG_Icons-07Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Our built environment products are led by the sustainable principle of maximizing natural illumination and ventilation. By doing this we contribute on improving energy efficiency by reducing the consumption of fossil-fuel energy.

See: School in Fonseca and Amparo School

E_SDG_Icons-08Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

By promoting development-oriented strategies that support productive activities and job creation, our practice and our partners including Emerge, Journey Nicaragua and Urbanismo&Sistemas support local entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (target 8.3). By doing this we are together contributing on promoting sustainable economic growth in Nicaragua.

E_SDG_Icons-11Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

In good time the Global Community have set a goal exclusively devoted to cities and human settlements. Cities are core in our Charter (Mision). Noel Sampson Dev Studio and partners are entirely devoted to create better and more sustainable cities and communities for all. From slums in the Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang to informal ger areas in Mongolia, from vulnerable and exposed cities in Europe, to Latin American and Nicaraguan emerging cities, we have been working on improving access to adequate, safe and affordable housing, basic services, upgraded slums, inclusive spaces and safe and resilient communities for all, especially for the urban-poor (targets 11.1/11.2/11.3).

Additionally, we work on reducing the number of deaths, people affected and direct economic losses resulted by the impacts of disasters (target 11.5). As an example, we increased awareness for mainstreaming risk-based land use planning and Natural Sciences in national policies with  the workshop “Building resilient communities through urban planning and the integration of the Natural Sciences” held in Geneva, Switzerland on January 13, 2015.

In Nicaragua, we are currently improving the dialog among major actors on housing and urban development including municipalities, national government, private sector, communities and academia on addressing the increasing urbanization challenges and developing a proposal to make of Managua a compact, sustainable and resilient city.

See: Resilient Communities Workshop (Switzerland), Pro-poor Housing adaptation in Vietnam and Nicaragua, and Improving Ger areas in Mongolia

E_SDG_Icons-13Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The United Nations is calling for urgent action to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Aware of current challenges and future scenarios we have been working on increasing awareness for the integration of climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

See: Resilient Communities Workshop (Switzerland), Pro-poor Housing adaptation in Vietnam and Nicaragua

E_SDG_Icons-14Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

One of the targets calls for, by 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans.

To work on this goal we have established a partnership with Noel Sampson Dev Studio through technical assistance works with Journey Nicaragua on protecting seven species of sea turtles including Green, Kemp’s Ridley, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Flatback and Loggerhead, through a sea turtle nursery developed by Journey Nicaragua in Salinas Grandes. Additionally, with the Mangrove Reforestation Project in Isla Juan Venado we improve coastal and marine ecosystems.



See also: Coastal Areas Initiative, Sea Turtle Nursery, and Mangrove Reforestation Project

E_SDG_Icons-15Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Together with our partners we are taking actions to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and protect the extinction of threatened species. Our urban development practice procures the protection of natural habitats by reducing the footprint and impact of our architecture and urban development projects on natural ecosystems.

Additionally, we work with Journey Nicaragua on the reforestation of wetlands and coastal areas in Leon, Nicaragua, as well as increasing the awareness for the restoration of forests, land and soil and combat desertification and deforestation in Nicaragua and abroad.




Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

We directly contribute on addressing some of the targets included in this SDG, such as strengthening institutions at all levels to be effective, accountable and transparent (target 16.6); and ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels (target 16.7). We contribute to achieve these targets by assuring high participatory community development approaches in the formulation and implementation of our projects. Additionally our work aims at strengthening national institutions, through international cooperation, for building capacity at different levels (16.a).

See also: Reactivating the Common (Palestine)

E_SDG_Icons-17Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Finally, as members of the global development community, realizing efforts for revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development has become essential practice. Through the last six years Noel Sampson has been working on enhancing North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation.

We have been establishing global partnerships for sustainable development particularly by South-South cooperation. We plan to improve our approaches to continue assuring multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources (target 17.16).

Particularly in Nicaragua, along with the National University of Engineering (UNI) through the implementation of the diploma course Public-Private Partnerships on Housing Development and Management, we have contributed on building capacity of technicians of local governments of the Association of Municipalities with Nicaragua-Netherlands sister-cities programs. By doing this we contribute on encouraging and promoting effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships (target 17.17).

See also: Reactivating the Common (Palestine),  Coastal Areas InitiativeResilient Communities Workshop (Switzerland)

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