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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the aftermath of South Africa´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions. >>

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Call for nominations: IJR RECONCILIATION AWARD : 2015-05-28

Confronting Exclusion

The IJR Reconciliation Award 2014/2015 will strive to highlight the connection between reconciliation and inequality. This year’s Reconciliation Award will be given to an individual or organisation that has actively worked to overcome the exclusion of groups or individuals in South Africa. The selection criteria will focus on actions taken to ‘confront’ exclusions.

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AFROBAROMETER: ZAMBIANS OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT : 2015-05-27

An overwhelming majority of Zambian women and men disapprove of the use of physical force to discipline wives or children, Afrobarometer’s most recent survey has revealed.

Due to a coding error, initial Afrobarometer reports misstated Zambians’ views on whether a husband should have the right to physically discipline his wife and whether parents and teachers should have the right to physically punish children. Instead of approving of physical punishment, in fact almost nine of 10 Zambians disapprove of physical punishment of wives by their husbands, while 60% disapprove of physical punishment of children by their parents and 71% disapprove of physical punishment of pupils by their teachers.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE DRAFTING OF A CONCEPT AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PAPER ON THE CREATION OF A SOCIAL COHESION MEASUREMENT TOOL FOR AFRICA : 2015-05-27

The IJR and United Nations Development Programme seeks to commission a concept and project development paper of between 30-50 pages that will serve as a discussion document for an expert meeting in 2016. This paper will have to clarify the need for the development of a measurement (WHY) instrument, identify broad indicators that can be applied across countries (WHAT), and it will have to provide an overview of different measurement methodologies available and highlight their strengths and weaknesses (HOW). We anticipate that the indicators will reflect the social, political, and economic dynamics of countries, and will makes sense of them within their respective regional, national and local contexts. 

Prospective authors with a proven publication track record should forward their CVs, two examples of peer-reviewed articles on social cohesion or a related topic, and a prospective outline for their paper to Ms Wendy Mpatsi (wendy@ijr.org.za) at the IJR by no later than 15 June 2015.

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CALL FOR BIDS: THE SOUTH AFRICAN RECONCILIATION BAROMETER : 2015-05-25

The IJR is inviting bids from interested organisations to conduct the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) survey. Based on a nationally representative sample of South African adults, the purpose of the SARB survey is to measure South Africans’ perceptions and experiences of reconciliation, social relations and nation-building in order to inform public and policy debate on related issues. 

The bid must be delivered in English by e-mail to Collette Schultz-Herzenberg: cherzenberg@ijr.org.za by 15 June 2015. 

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MEDIA STATEMENT: SACTJ SUPPORTS THE LANDMARK LEGAL CHALLENGE FOR NOKUTHULA SIMELANE : 2015-05-20

This case is aimed at bringing closure to the 32-year-old abduction, torture and enforced disappearance of Nokuthula Simelane. Nokuthula was a 23-year-old operative for Umkhonto we Sizwe (the armed wing of the ANC) who was betrayed by a comrade and kidnapped by the Security Police in 1983. While the Truth and Reconciliation Commission found that she had been kidnapped, tortured and forcibly disappeared, the location of her remains has not been revealed and her murderers have not been held to account. 

Click here to read the full statement. 

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RESPONSES AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNTERING XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA : 2015-04-23

On 21 April 2015, in response to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the IJR hosted a public debate. These notes offer responses and recommendations that emerged from this public discussion. 

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