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The contribution of civil society to SDG 16 through security sector governance and reform

8 January, 2024



How can civil society contribute to realizing SDG 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions? What lessons can be learnt from such experiences, and how can these inform efforts of civil society to realize SDG 16 through security sector governance/reform activities? These are just some of the questions that this case studies compilation addresses, aiming to empower and inspire civil society to contribute to SDG 16 in ways that produce tangible and meaningful results.

The publication showcases a diversity of activities by civil society at different levels of intervention (local, national, regional, and international), and offers examples of direct engagement with SDG 16 and its targets. From promoting police accountability in Africa and supporting SDG 16 national indicator development in South Africa, to advocating for the strengthening of SDG 16 indicators concerning access to criminal and civil justice, to supporting the engagement of civil society with Voluntary National Review Process, to localizing SDG 16+ in Uganda, the publication illuminates the many ways through which civil society can contribute to achieving SDG 16 through security sector governance/reform. 

Observations from the various case studies lay the foundation for a comparative analysis of common themes, resulting in a set of recommendations that aim to serve as a resource for anyone involved in or seeking to contribute to good governance, SSG/R, and the realization of SDG 16.

CSOs can act as a platform for the diverse views of populations, and especially of marginalized and vulnerable groups, and play a unique role in ensuring that actions taken to achieve the SDGs are people driven.


Alexandra Preperier, Richard Steyne