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

African Democracy Forum

ADF 2000 Kigali Rwanda F

African Diaspora Policy Centre

ADPC The Hague Netherlands G

African Foundation for International Law

AFIL 2003 The Hague Netherlands F f

African Fund for Guarantee and Economic Cooperation

1977 Cotonou Benin F fg

African Greens Federation

AGF 2010 Kigali Rwanda D

African Growth and Opportunity Act

AGOA 2000 G g

African Guarantee Fund

2012 Nairobi Kenya F g

African Health Economics and Policy Association

AfHEA 2008 Accra Ghana D

African Health Policy Network

AHPN 1997 London UK G y

African Human Rights Heritage

AHRH 1992 Accra Ghana G

African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue

AFIDEP 2010 Nairobi Kenya G j

African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration

AIPA 1992 Cape Town South Africa N j

African Institute for Strategic Research Governance and Development

AISRGD 2007 Kampala Uganda G j

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

AICC 2001 Lilongwe Malawi G j

African Institute of International Law

AIIL 2012 Arusha Tanzania UR D

African Intellectual Property Organization

1962 Yaoundé Cameroon D g

African International Institute for Peace

AFIIP 2013 Brussels Belgium E

African Jurists' Association

AJA 1979 Dakar Senegal D v

African Labour Law Society

ALLS 2017 D

African Law Center

ALC 2013 Houston TX USA G

African Law Foundation

AFRILAW 2012 Enugu Nigeria G f

African Law Students' Association

ALSA 2000 Menlo Park South Africa G

African Legal Information Institute

AfricanLII 2010 J j

African Legal Support Facility

ALSF 2008 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F gy

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology

AMCOMET Geneva Switzerland F c

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

AMCEN Nairobi Kenya F cg

African Ministers' Council on Water

AMCOW 2002 Abuja Nigeria E cg

African Movement of Working Children and Youth

AMWCY 1994 Dakar Senegal J

African Music Council

AMC 2007 Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville E

African Network for Environment and Economic Justice

ANEEJ 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability

AFRINEAD 2007 Cape Town South Africa D

African Network for Internationalization of Education

ANIE Eldoret Kenya F

African Network of Constitutional Lawyers

ANCL 1999 Cape Town South Africa F

African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development

ANYL4PSD Yaoundé Cameroon F

African Nuclear-weapon-free-zone Treaty

Pelindaba Treaty 1996 T g

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G

African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions

AFROSAI-E 2005 Pretoria South Africa D

African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption

APNAC 2003 Accra Ghana K

African Parliamentary Union

APU 1976 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D

African Peace Network

APNET Accra Ghana G

African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

APCOF 2004 Cape Town South Africa F

African Politics Conference Group

APCG 2001 G

African Refugee Development Center

ARDC 2004 Tel Aviv Israel G

African Refugees Foundation

AREF 1993 Lagos Nigeria F f

African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology


African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G

African Security Sector Network

ASSN 2003 Accra Ghana D y

African Sex Workers Alliance

ASWA 2009 Nairobi Kenya D

African Society of Association Executives

AFSAE 2015 Nairobi Kenya D