In the face of a global health pandemic and compounding development challenges, the need for inclusive partnerships is highlighted now more than ever. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 indicates the importance of the partnerships for the goals, how to strengthen the means of implementation and how to revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development. SDG 17 and the need for global solidarity among governments, civil society and other actors remain crucial as the whole world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
While SDG 17 serves to ensure the means to achieve the other sustainable development goals, negative impacts of debt distress, corporate capture of development and militarization of aid have only served to worsen the state of development in recipient countries. In the Philippines, unequal and exploitative partnerships resulted in rising debt, inaccessibility of services and shrinking of civic spaces.