Developmental, Capable and Ethical State

Priorities here focus primarily on the attainment of SDG 16 that seeks 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, as well as Agenda 2063 that seeks peace and security and economic integration on the continent.

To seek evidence-based responses to these goals, the HSRC will aim to provide insight into the nature of current challenges and ways of managing these more effectively through applied and basic research, policy advice and implementation support, and building partnerships and networks.

The organisation will contribute knowledge towards the development of a new peace agenda globally and work with governments, oversight bodies and civil society to improve and strengthen accountability through participatory democracy. In addition, it will aim to provide evidence for a values-based approach to development. An ethical – or values-based – approach puts people at the centre, as actors, mediators and recipients. Simultaneously, rights must be respected by all who are involved in development, peace and security.