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Attention Media Houses: For Immediate Release: Monday, 4 April 2020 PRESS RELEASE: IJR PUBLISHES POLICY BRIEF ON PUBLIC USE OF AND TRUST IN NEWS SOURCES To inform communication strategies during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has published a new policy brief on South Africans’ use of and trust in news sources. Based off the [...]
Locking down entire cities and limiting movements of millions of people across the globe appears as one of the efficient strategies in efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19. However, in the African context of informal economies, uncontrolled settlements, weak or inexistent health infrastructures as well as food insecurity, there is a huge challenge in implementing the total [...]
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” — John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), lawyer and statesman who championed Irish liberties. "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” — James Madison, the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817. How [...]
Former IJR Executive Director Dr Fanie Du Toit addresses trainees at a January 2020 workshop in Bangui,Central African Republic. Part of IJR and In Transformation Initiative's (ITI) collaborative efforts to strengthen the capacity of the country's Local Peace and Reconciliation Committee Network. Since independence, the Central African Republic has been plagued by politico-military crises that have weakened [...]
Trust – Zimbabwe’s elusive currency IJR’s Dr Webster Zambara in Zimbabwe A recent working visit to Zimbabwe by IJR’s Dr Webster Zambara brought him to the stark reality on the prevailing situation on the ground – a deepening trust deficit. In a country that is facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, and where most of [...]
In November 2019, two member of the Research and Policy team, Anyway Chingwete and Dominique Dryding, left for Angola to conduct two fieldworker training workshops and to observe fieldwork for the Round 8 Afrobarometer* survey in Angola. The size of Angola, the cost of transport and the language specifications per region necessitated that two fieldwork training workshops be hosted [...]
Like the fall of the Berlin wall or the stock market crash of 2008, the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, is a pandemic that will likely have shattering and long-lasting consequences. This much is certain: the virus has devastated lives, disrupted markets and revealed to us the competence (or lack thereof) of governments around the world. Moreover, it has exposed the [...]