The IJR 2018-10-03T17:06:50+02:00

Building fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation shapes national approaches to transitional justice and reconciliation in Africa.



Crystal Meth in Vryburg

During Youth Month IJR visited its young ambassadors in Vryburg, North West. One of the participants Thabang Gornolemo wrote a poem reflecting on how the use of drugs has affected youngsters living in Vryburg. Read the poem below: We all have bad habits; we all have that one thing. We seek comfort in people, seek comfort and happiness in [...]

Jun 14th, 2019|

The cost of information

“Information may be power, but do you have the money to access this knowledge?” Whilst trying to educate myself on the recent controversy surrounding the public protector and her report on Pravin Gordhan, I came across an article in my Google search that seemed as if would explain the intricacies of the situation clearly to me. However, to my [...]

Jun 11th, 2019|

Media statement:The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation expresses its solidarity with the People of Sudan and calls for the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy and the Rule of Law

10 June 2019 The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) strongly condemns the violence in Sudan in response to the citizen movement for a restoration of democracy and the rule of law. Over 100 pro-democratic demonstrators have been killed, and a further 500 injured, by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The RSF is led by General Mohamed “Hemeti” Dagalo, [...]

Jun 10th, 2019|

Press release: Afrobarometer lays foundation for ‘next generation’ of giving voice to African citizens

Accra, Ghana 6 June 2019 Moving from pioneering project to pan-African institution, the research network Afrobarometer will enter its third decade with a new structure emphasizing partnership, capacity building, and sustainability, Executive Director E. Gyimah-Boadi said Thursday. The ambitious restructuring will provide firm footing for the independent network of about three dozen national partner organizations tracking and reporting attitudes [...]

Jun 6th, 2019|

Why has history decided to judge F.W De Klerk so lightly?

When one thinks of Frederik Willem de Klerk, the 7th state president of South Africa, one almost instantly thinks of the image of himself and Nelson Mandela holding hands in the air. Our hearts are filled with joy as we recall how crucial this partnership was in building a reconciliatory, democratic South Africa. Students are taught in History  that [...]

Jun 3rd, 2019|

Why young Africans want to leave Africa

Although the headwinds facing globalisation are growing in force around the world, they have not yet managed to stem the desire by many to relocate in search of better prospects. Africa is no exception. According to the most recent round of the Afrobarometer survey — a continental public opinion survey conducted in 34 countries — more than one in [...]

Jun 3rd, 2019|

Press release: IJR honoured for best social stakeholder engagement

Eight African research organizations honored by Afrobarometer Zimbabwe’s Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) heads a list of eight African organizations honoured this week for outstanding contributions to the pan-African research network Afrobarometer. MPOI received Afrobarometer’s first-ever Star Award for best overall performance among the network’s three dozen national partners during Round 7 surveys. MPOI, which conducted two 2018 pre-election [...]

May 28th, 2019|

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