Empowering Civil Society Report

Justice For All

The “Empowering Civil Society for National Reporting and Action on SDG16” report was published in partnership by the Asia Development Alliance (ADA), Forus, and the Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (TAP) Network.  It provides analysis of a range of approaches and methodologies utilized by civil society for the implementation and monitoring of SDG16, featuring country-specific case studies. It also examines gaps, challenges, and opportunities for robust accountability at all levels, and provides key recommendations for enhancing civil society monitoring and action on SDG16 going forward. 

Namati’s Stacey Cram, Coco Lammers, and Kaitlin Hansen co-authored the chapter “Opportunities for Achieving Justice for All,” which emphasizes the role that community justice defenders play in the monitoring and implementation of SDG16 through three case studies: Mozambique, Kenya, and Indonesia. This chapter affirms that progress on the 2030 agenda cannot be made without addressing the chronic under-funding and threats facing grassroots justice defenders. It lays out a path forward for collaboration between governments and civil society in achieving access to justice and cites resources that grassroots justice defenders can use to help shape policy recommendations. 

Launch of the Empowering Civil Society Report during the HLPF at the Mission of Korea

In the months leading up to the UN General Assembly in September, this report is a helpful resource for civil society and stakeholders working around SDG16, especially those who wish to produce an SDG “spotlight report” that can challenge or provide an alternative perspective of SDG implementation to their country’s official VNR report. These reports are particularly important where civil society has little or no opportunities to engage in official VNR processes at the national level. They serve as a mechanism for holding national governments accountable for making progress on their commitments to the 2030 agenda. 

The Empowering Civil Society Report launched at a side event on July 12, 2019 during the UN High-Level Political Forum to coincide with the official thematic review of SDG16. It featured an interactive session where colleagues could share national SDG16 implementation and monitoring experiences and present their own civil society spotlight reports.