The Goalkeepers community is a global collective of collaborative and diverse changemakers. Members include both emerging and well-known leaders who live all over the world and represent an eclectic range of cultures, professions, and interests. As the Policy Innovation Lab we are proud to support this community in South Africa.



  • Goalkeepers South Africa community event held in Johannesburg

    The Goalkeepers South Africa community recently met in Johannesburg. Our wrap-up video gives you a sneak peak into this amazing group of people.

  • Celebrating vision and collaboration: A day with Goalkeepers South Africa

    The Goalkeepers South Africa community recently met for an exciting planning day.

  • A global collective of collaborative and diverse changemakers

  • 2023 Goalkeepers event brought together inspirational leaders from around the world

  • Latest Goalkeepers report highlights development progress and challenges



The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Goalkeepers (GKs) initiative in 2017. Goalkeepers’ overarching focus is to help accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs by 2030, with a particular focus on SDGs 1 to 6. The community includes emerging and well-known leaders from across society. Every year GK releases a data-driven report, and bestows awards during its GK Global Goals Awards Ceremony. African winners include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa), Hauwa Ojeifo (Nigeria), Aya Chebbi (Tunisia) and Dysmus Kisilu (Kenya).

What we do in


The Policy Innovation Lab supports Goalkeepers South Africa to create a cohesive, growing and impactful local Goalkeepers community. We do so by:

  • Creating opportunities to share information

  • Exploring ways to collaborate

  • Acknowledging South Africa’s SDG champions