Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Goal 16 sets out to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

HCRI brings together a team of multi-disciplinary experts specialising in peacebuilding, conflict, security and justice contributing to this goal via a number of initiatives.

Making peacekeeping data work for the international community

The Making peacekeeping data work for the international community project, which examined how the UN can better use data collected during peacekeeping missions and how wider geopolitical or justice-based interventions might prevent further challenges.

UN peacekeeping forces surveying a landscape

Crucially, the project sought to investigate if the data collected by international organisations matched how people on the ground saw conflict. At heart is an urgent policy question: if international organisations do not respond to the situation on the ground, and local perceptions, then can they sustain their operations?

Everyday peace indicators

For the Everyday peace indicators project, HCRI researchers collaborated with communities affected by war and violence to produce ‘everyday indicators’ of difficult-to-measure concepts, such as peace, reconciliation, and violent extremism.

Taking its cue from studies in sustainable development, the project asks community members to identify their own measures of peace. It is based on the premise that local communities are best placed to identify changes in their own circumstances, rather than relying on external 'experts' to identify indicators for them.