The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Make Music Matter - Lifting Hearts and Minds: Empowering Children of Child-headed Households

The Make Music Matter Music Enrichment Program provides psychosocial support to children of child-headed households by reducing trauma using music and music production, not only for the benefit of direct participants, but also the community at large through the dissemination of music across Rwanda. A healthier and psychologically robust community helps to create a virtuous cycle of children’s performance in other education opportunities and ultimately contributes to economic growth.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.