Our Pillars

Our Pillars: What the Information is About

Social Cohesion According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), “a cohesive society works towards the well-being of all its members, fights exclusion and marginalisation, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers its members the opportunity of upward mobility.” Strengthening social cohesion is a long-term process to which the IRCKHF is committed. As defined by the scholar Ibn Khaldūn, it is a "force binding groups together through a common language, culture and social behavior.” Social cohesion is based on many factors, all of which are based on inclusiveness, such as an inclusive educational system, a stable macroeconomic environment permitting opportunities for development, closing the gender gap, fostering diversity, and emphasizing the common values shared by society.  Whether in the subject matter being researched and advocated for, or the approach and methodology used, the IRCKHF looks for inclusive approaches that promote empowerment of the stakeholders and give authentic voice to the stakeholders.

Equality and Justice Aristotle wrote, “Justice is equality, but only for equals; and justice is inequality, but only for those who are unequal.” While it is true that there has always been controversy concerning the notion of equality, and the relationship between justice and equality, the IRCKHF works towards equality by challenging injustice and valuing diversity and equality for social justice. We conduct research and advocacy on issues of discrimination in order to eliminate social exclusion and advocate for justice. Over the years, we have worked on many equality issues, and have especially focused on those surrounding human rights, and advocating equality for women, minorities, and vulnerable groups so that all may enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society.

Civil Society Empowerment Civil society is one of the three important sectors of society, along with the private and public sectors. The way to include civil society in the policy making process is still an evolving matter on a global scale, however what has been recognized is the key role that civil society plays in the democratization and reform processes. In all of our information programs, the IRCKHF cooperates with various partners of civil society including other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs), when carrying out any of our projects.  As the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established, “engagement with civil society is critical to national ownership of development processes, democratic governance, and the quality and relevance of official development programmes.” At the IRCKHF, we recognize that it is the entities of civil society that make us the closest to the grassroots and daily life of beneficiaries and communities. We look for project design methods that include the capacity building of our partners, inclusive research methodologies, and community engagement for raising awareness and advocacy, so that all our work with our partners in civil society is authentic, inclusive, sustainable, and empowering.