For the first ever IPFest, the theme focused on “Fostering Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals”. Over 70 organisations, ranging from small CSOs to giant multinational corporations, set up booths in the main room of the convention hall to showcase the innovative and inspiring work they have been doing over the years. With the festival’s theme focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), each organisation hung banners to identify which of the 17 SDGs their work contributes to.

We hung the banner for SDG 17, which focuses on Partnerships: "Goal 17: Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda requires a revitalized and enhanced global partnership that brings together Governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors and mobilizes all available resources. Enhancing support to developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and the small island developing States, is fundamental to equitable progress for all." To see all SDGs click here

One of the targets of SDG 17 focuses on Capacity Building. Many of the inspiring and active actors who attended the festival from across Indonesia were eager to learn about MDF’s work, particularly in developing their soft skills capacity via our trainings. They acknowledged how important it is to have strong soft skills in combination with their technical know-how, in order for the survival and sustainability of their organisations looking towards the future.

The Indonesia office is currently providing technical assistance to an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded program called MAMPU (or the Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program), by helping their Partners to develop their sustainability plans. We see sustainability not as a condition but as an attitude, a way of managing oneself to adapt and be dynamic. We identified three pillars to sustainability:

  • Organisational sustainability;
  • Programmatic sustainability; and
  • Financial sustainability (or diversification of resources for sustainability).

In helping MAMPU’s Partners to develop their plans, MDF strengthens their capacity to analyse their organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as vision and mission, for more strategic planning looking forward. Additionally, MDF connects these Partners with other actors who are working on new and innovative ways to help society in Indonesia, as well as exposing them to learning from others who have had success from overseas.

As a company whose mission is to bring about more competent professionals and better functioning organisations and networks to contribute to equitable societies worldwide, MDF Training & Consultancy has the opportunity to play a significant role in helping to achieve SDG 17 and in effect, the other SDGs as well.

If you’re interested to know more about our work on sustainability, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Send an email to and we’d be happy to discuss with you and/or your organisation.