4. LA Riga: SDG 1 & 3

Fourth Learning Activity within the sociSDG project took place from February 4th until February 09th 2019 in Riga at the LatConsul. Its participants were members of eight renowed European organizations in the field of SDGs: The Croatian Institute for CSR (coordinator, Croatia), Global Impact Grid (Germany), LUM University (Italy), Pontis Foundation (Slovakia), Homo Eminens (Lithuania), Materahub (Italy), LatConsul SIA (Latvia), Datamaran (UK), Kaleidoscope Futures (UK).

Considering the fact that the primary goal of the project is adult education and the exchange of the best practices between project partners when it comes to the social SDGs, a five-day learning activity was designed in order to understand and raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 1: No poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere & SDG 3: Good health and well-being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

It was impressive and inspiring to listen to solutions for ending poverty and ensure healthy lives and promote well-being


  • 1. Elina Celmina, director of Social Inclusion Policy Department at Ministry of  Welfare of the Republic of Latvia presented the results of Administrative reform in Latvia 2009 and explained structure, legal framework, funding, budgeting as well as benefits of Social security system in Latvia. In Latvia, risk of poverty rate decreased to 21,2% in 2013 from 26,4% in 2008. The highest risk of poverty rate by household have single parents with at least 1 dependent child around 41,1%, than 2 adults with 3 or more dependent children of 27,7%, and the lowest risk of poverty rate have households of 2 parents and 1 dependent child


  • 2. Inese Vaivare director of  The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) showed partners and wider audience in the webinar the best example how government can work hand in hand with NGO to implement SDG into national framework through 4 phases (Mainstreaming, Shock, Failure and We did it). Results of glocalising SDGs into Latvia are published in the report „Sustainable development of Latvia: analysis of „)


  • 3. Martins Valters project “Age is not an Obstacle” provided us a definition of absolute and relative poverty and what a state can do to solve this problem. Through the example of the project „Age is not an obstacle“ financed by NordPlus Adult, project partners and wider audience via webinar were able to learn the good example how to enhance the quality of lives of retired persons in Baltic countries.


  • 4. Learning activity also features a tour of to the Free Riga, a Riga example of abandoned building activation projects guided by Jazeps Bikse


  • 5. Dominykas Karpovictold us a story about community building and basketball clubPalangos Kursiai


  • 6. Jugne Jonusaitefrom Healthstate proved the statement that „You are what you eat“


  • 7. Justas Kucinskas and Severas Svedasfrom Movement Vilnius reminded us the importance of play


  • 8. Artiomas Sabajevas from Teenshapers introduced the holistic approach to solving the obesity problem


  • 9. Anton Nikitinfrom Vilnius Transport showed the connection between city’s infrastructure and citizens health



During the learning activity, a webinar on the SDG1 and SDG3 have been held and recorded:



 Webinar provided information about best practice of SDG1 and SDG3 and their integration in the business models.


Good health and well-being in Lithuania - Palamgos Kuršiai

Good health and well-being in Lithuania - Sustainable Mobility Division

Promoting Mental Health in Virtual World - Lithuania's Case

No poverty in Latvia - Ministry of Welfare

Social entrepreneur is a social hacker

SDGs in Latvia - LAPAS