Peaceful, just and inclusive societies: what role for the 2030 Agenda in the Horn of Africa?

In 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a commitment to ‘peaceful, just and inclusive societies’. This briefing highlights how this global commitment is playing out in the Horn of Africa.

The term ‘SDG16+’ is increasingly used to describe the inter-connected commitments to peace across the 2030 Agenda, and it offers a comprehensive framework to strengthen preventative action on a range of peace-related issues.

Saferworld is exploring and learning how stakeholders at different levels around the world can translate the promise of SDG16+ into positive change. Our approach matches policy engagement at the global level with support for implementation at national and local levels, with a particular focus on conflict-affected states. Our aim is to help translate the promise of SDG16+ into positive change.

In this briefing, we draw upon Saferworld’s experience of engaging on the 2030 Agenda and SDG16+ implementation in the Horn of Africa. We discuss issues of awareness, ownership, civil society space, donor disconnects, and policy bubbles – and we highlight early lessons emerging – both positive and negative – of how SDG16+ is playing out in the region.

Read more about our work on the 2030 Agenda.