Connecting the SDGs to local communities

The learning exchange here in Tanzania just conducted a great session on practical ways to make the Sustainable Development Goals real and tangible for communities where participants work. The session focused on Goal 5 (gender equality) and Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), and included a presentation, interactive case studies, a video, and large and small group discussions. The groups analyzing the case studies and demanded extra time to allow the discussions to develop further.

One overarching point of consensus was that there needs to be more efforts to promote the SDGs. Some of the participants were not familiar with them and they have been active since late last year. The comparison was made to the MDGs, which were ineffectively promoted and not very real to much of civil society until half of the 15-year period had past. To ensure these goals have impact, people need to be made more aware of their existence and meaning now - something this session aimed to improve.

@dunijeidoh and others made direct requests for more training materials around the SDGs, particularly goals 5 & 16, including materials adapted from the session we conducted. Perhaps @staceycram and @opepeters would consider adapting these for wider use elsewhere. As requested, here is the global goals website that we looked at as well.

It was inspiring to hear all of the practical ideas that came out of this session and I wanted to open a public post for participants to share their specific ideas to make the SDGs real and meaningful for communities with which they work.

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This can be applicable in my country through compulsory formal and informal education, economic empowerment and enforceable government policies and laws.

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We must raise awareness on the importance of birth registration and advocate for simple and flexible laws and policies on birth registration.

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Let’s connect local indigenous communities with the SDGs through raising awareness about the goals and establishing community-led advocacy groups.

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Women’s rights in Tanzania will be well acquired through educating men on the rights of women and sensitizing the women themselves.

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Here are three practical ways of applying women’s rights, peace, justice and Gender in local communities:

  1. Strengthen the Ministry of Gender and open up offices at provincial and district levels
  2. Advocate for recognition of paralegals in legal aid bills
  3. Advocate for the creation of “Gender Clubs” in schools
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We should mobilize community leaders - youth associations, NGOs, local authorities, religious leaders (etc). Have discussions about SDGs with magistrates/police.

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The most practical way is to create more awareness on these laws.

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  1. Make the connection between SDGs and relevant laws and policies
  2. Focus on main issues women are facing regarding those SDG and ways of addressing them with paralegals and lawyers.
  3. Raise awareness about monitoring and evaluation, accountability for the state
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Carry out a series of community education and rural radio campaign on the different instruments of national and local laws.

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Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and ensure equal access to justice for all combat all forms of organized crime.

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Ensuring that women and girls have the right to own, use and inherit land and other forms of property.

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Practical application: provision of free education (primary and secondary).

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To engage the government to recognize the paralegals by enacting the laws and policies on legal empowerment to the grassroots level.

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So great to hear about the enthusiasm for this session and the SDGs in general. I am happy to help with the requests. We are putting together a toolkit for how the SDGs can help to advance justice in country - this should be out in September so it would be great to feed in some of the ideas from this session on what would be most useful for practitioners, aside from awareness, are there any other resources which would be useful for you to have? @dunijeidoh highlighted adapting this training for communities, I am also to work on tweaking this session - is there anything else others would like? We have discussed having a webinar on the SDGs, would this be useful? What would you like it to cover?

If you share here or with @michaelotto and @tobiaseigen I will catch up with them after the exchange

In the meantime you may also wish to refer to the TAP advocacy toolkit on Goal 16 - this is a general toolkit with lots of useful resources available in English, Spanish and French. For data on how your country is preforming on Goal 16 you can also look up the SDG16 Data Initiative - this is a new platform which we have helped launch, it is still being worked on and so we would welcome feedback on the site and what else you would like to see. The Global Goals website Michael shared is a great resource for Gender and Goal 5, and Together 2030 is a global coalition which has loads of resources and provides developments on all of the SDGs.

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this is great and the civil society needs to galvanize their efforts to propagate these SDGs especially as in the developing world they play a very critical role to inform the comma people to seek these services from their respective governments. we are looking forward for the presentations of the group session and the corresponding reports for each participants. this is a very important opportunity given to the workers of the NGOs around the world to learn from others and also expose them to issues like the SDGs. we hope this time all will propagate these SDGs in the earliest possible time. @dunijeidoh

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to eliminate gender based violance in Tanzania education should be given to men on the rights of women, and women themselves must be aware about their rights in so doing all people will be aware about the rights of every body in a society.Also we should struggle to end all negative cultural values so as to promote gender balance in a community.

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In Myanmar, we are now starting to implement a National Paralegal Network funded by Tetra- tech through from USAID. This network will serve several roles in order to help paralegals to share best practices, and learning tools.

It is to also advocate collectively on injustice issues to government by taking actions. In this network, we could even have Advocacy thematic group working on issues such as gender, land, environment etc…that is important for network members. So, in this group, there would have been ways or approaches to apply SDGs goal 5( Gender Equality) & 16 ( Justice) by advocating the government to pay attention and aware of these goals. For example, we could even have campaign for gender equality. I do hope that there could be some ways to apply it.

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SDGs is one of the very important aspect of development. In India it is very much difficult to implement SDGs at ground level. There are many reasons behind it. In order to implement it properly the role of different stake holders like civil society, State, media, development practitioners, judiciary, bureaucrats should be clarified from the begin. Very important aspect is state repression against civil society. Now it has been a trend in India that the state is targeting the CSOs through many means. If the stakeholders are targeting each other instead of cooperating then how it will move further. Its a big question in Indian context.

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Bonjour je suis entrain de faire des propositions pendant nos rencontre avec les partenaires pour qu’ils appui ou insert dans la politique du gouvernement la mise en place des parajuriste sur l’entendue du territoire si possible surtout pour la prévention et l’accès à la justice des victimes et des population qui émettent le besoins; Et je continue de rechercher les moyens pour la mise en oeuvre des défis je compte sur vous Cordialement De Lucie Boalo Hayali AFJC

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