Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Goal 16 is about promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. People everywhere should be free of fear from all forms of violence and feel safe as they go about their lives whatever their ethnicity, faith or sexual orientation.

However, ongoing and new violent conflicts around the world are derailing the global path to peace and achievement of Goal 16. Alarmingly, the year 2022 witnessed a more than 50 per cent increase in conflict-related civilian deaths – the first since the adoption of Agenda 2030 – largely due to the war in Ukraine.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, while sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

Governments, civil society and communities need to work together to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms, combating corruption, and ensuring inclusive participation at all times.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Africa Legal Aid

AFLA 1995 The Hague Netherlands F

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW 2006 Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Network of Young Peace-Builders

ANYP 2001 The Hague Netherlands F

Africa Peace Forum

APFO 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Africa Peace Research and Education Association

AFPREA 1985 Lagos Nigeria D

Africa Society of The National Summit on Africa

2002 Washington DC USA N

Africa Transport Policy Program

SSATP 1987 Washington DC USA E g

Africa Unite

AU 2001 Cape Town South Africa G

Africa Youth for Peace and Development

AYPAD 1995 Freetown Sierra Leone G

Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network

AEFJN 1988 Brussels Belgium F y

Africa's Voices Foundation

Cambridge UK G f

African Accreditation Cooperation

AFRAC 2010 Pretoria South Africa E y

African Association for a Unified System of Business Laws

UNIDA Paris France D

African Association for the Study of Religions

AASR 1992 Leiden Netherlands D

African Association of International Law

AAIL 1986 Arusha Tanzania UR D

African Association of Political Science

AAPS 1973 J v

African Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

AfATAP 2019 G

African Bar Association

AFBA 1971 Lagos Nigeria D

African Black Diaspora Global Network

ABDGN Toronto ON Canada F

African Business Law Firms Association


African Center for Global Trends

AFRICGLOT 2011 Abuja Nigeria J

African Center for Prevention and Resolution of Conflicts


African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development

ACAHD 2002 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE 2017 Ann Arbor MI USA D

African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy

ACCEDE 2007 Bellville South Africa G

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

ACDHRS 1989 Serekunda Gambia E

African Centre for Empowerment and Gender Advocacy

Nairobi Kenya G

African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

ACHEST Kampala Uganda G

African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies


African Centre for Peace Education and Training

ACPET 2000 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes

ACCORD 1992 Mount Edgecombe South Africa G

African Centre for the Prevention and Resolution of Conflicts

1999 Thiès Senegal G

African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims

ACTV 1993 Kampala Uganda G

African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights

1981 T g

African Child Education Right Initiative

ACERI Lagos Nigeria G

African Child Policy Forum

ACPF 2003 Addis Ababa Ethiopia F

African Citizens Development Foundation

ACDF 1995 Lagos Nigeria G f

African Civil Aviation Commission

AFCAC 1969 Dakar Senegal D g

African Civil Service Observatory

ACSO 1991 Cotonou Benin F g

African Climate Policy Centre

ACPC Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria South Africa D y

African Commission of Health and Human Rights Promoters

ACHHRP 1989 Accra Ghana G

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

ACHPR 1981 Banjul Gambia E g

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

ACERWC 2001 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g

African Communication Regulation Authorities Network

ACRAN 1998 F

African Correctional Services Association

ACSA 2008 Pretoria South Africa D y

African Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace

ACRL-RfP 2002 Nairobi Kenya D

African Court of Justice and Human Rights

J gp

African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

AfCHPR 1998 Arusha Tanzania UR F g

African Criminology and Justice Association

ACJA 2000 Princess Anne MD USA G