Peace Work and Social Justice

«Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace and social justice are central to the legacy of Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr. Together with the movements they fronted, they used non-violence as a method to create real social change. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the House of Representatives in Washington. This was an important step towards a more equal society. As we see from the current situation, equality must be monitored continuously, it is a short way from dialogue and justice to the experience of injustice, discrimination and conflict.

Several topics are included in our work in this area. Our activities are mainly aimed at offering young people at home and abroad access to opportunities and tools to overcome vulnerable life situations.

African Youth Initiative Network

We work with the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) to establish a pan-African African Peace Academy that will educate, train and equip young African leaders for local and national leadership, entrepreneurship and peacebuilding in their respective countries.

The “Summer School for Innovation and Conflict Transformation” for students from Norway and Uganda is one of the specific projects we develop together.

Migration, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The King Institute has recently written a report on “Migrant workers in Norwegian value chains for food production” in collaboration with Norgesgruppen. With increasing awareness of the challenges that migrant workers may face in the workplace, there has been a need for more knowledge about the conditions and rights of foreign workers when they participate in Norwegian working life. The report ‘Migrant workers in Norwegian value chains for food production’ is about the conditions, challenges and rights for migrant workers in Norway.

The King Institute is also working on a book project on child labor that will be published in 2021.

The King Institute participates in a working group under the auspices of UN University which is tasked with preparing global policy guides for the UN’s sustainability goals # 8.7