UN SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions next steps

Date Posted:29/10/2021

2020 saw the launch of our series of online Community Conversations to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local.' Our focus in October has been on UNSDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. We had an insightful and meaningful discussion with donors and the community groups we fund on their behalf, bringing people together to discuss local solutions.

We got to hear from a range of local practitioners on their work, challenges and approaches in supporting quality education across Northamptonshire. This included the work and contributions from Northampton Town of Sanctuary, Northampton Bangladeshi Association and trustee and local solicitor Hassan Shah. We heard from our donors, friends and trustees on the challenges of addressing and achieving peace, justice and strong institutions, urgent priorities and the importance of the role of the foundation in providing funds as a place-based grant maker to community groups and charities which are on the frontline of working with residents who need local support to achieve this global goal.

Each Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to come up with an initial action plan to improve activity and work in helping achieve each UN SDG by 2030. You spoke and we listened. As a result, these are the next actions we will be taking to support work on achieving quality education locally. This is our commitment to you.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation commits to the following actions to help achieve UN SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions:

Promote education on and understanding of the rule of law and democracy: we will commit to supporting a call for projects that provides educational and training opportunities for building local resident’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities in a legal and democratic context to help promote peace, justice and strong institutions.

Community assets – promoting, funding and supporting physical spaces where communities can meet: we will work with donors and partners to direct funding towards projects that actively provide accessible and inclusive physical spaces that enable the building of community assets, broad representation from under-represented communities and a safe space to build networks and partnerships.

Celebrate diversity, promote inclusion and recognise the different needs within communities: we will commit to embracing equity, diversity and inclusion within Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s working culture and promote best practice in partnership with organisations on a similar journey within Northamptonshire VCSE sector to build confidence, expertise and knowledge and build a diverse and thriving charitable sector that recognises different needs within its communities.

Champion the key role the VCSE sector plays as a strategic partner to the public sector: we commit to taking a community leadership role in taking part alongside the VCSE assembly, representing the collective interests and ‘voice’ of the local Voluntary and Community Sector and promote collaborative working and solutions to tackling peace, justice and strong institutions locally.