Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions are the Backbone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

February 17, 2022

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 focuses on "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions." Chandler Foundation Director of Social Investment, Leslie Tsai writes about her recent conversation with the former President of Costa Rica, the President and CEO of the Packard Foundation, and the Executive Director of the World Justice Project on what "strong institutions" really means, and how civil society and philanthropy can work to build them.

Building on a session she moderated at the Global Washington Annual Conference in December, Leslie shares the following take-aways from the panelists:

  • The meaning of “strong institutions” can be misused or misunderstood. What we really want are effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.
  • Goal 16 is the backbone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • If you want to make progress on Goal 16, you have to measure it.
  • Goal 16 gives us a systems approach to achieving the development goals.
  • The international and multilateral system has a powerful role in shaping institutions for peace and justice.

Click here to read the entire article on the Global Washington Blog.