Press Release – 24 November 2017

Book Launch – IJR to Launch Pathways for Connections: An emerging model for long-term reconciliation in post-conflict in South Africa 

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation will be launching its book, Pathways for connections: An emerging model for long-term reconciliation in post-conflict in South Africa on Thursday the 30th of November 2017 at the IJR officesA conference on using social change to Build Inclusive Societies will follow the book launch on, from 01 Dec – 02 December 2017. During the conference, the IJR will sign an MoU with the Siyakha Community Healing Forum.

The IJR’s Sustained Dialogues team shares this book, encapsulating 5 years’ of experiences and insights stemming from deep-rooted community-building through dialogue and capacity building. The questions this launch seeks to answer are:

  • What lessons can be learned from the field of building inclusive societies?
  •  Which methodologies have been successful and why?
  • What are the stumbling blocks in achieving a cohesive society?
  • How do we enhance coordination between government and sectors that work in social cohesion?

The conference follows the book launch at the Townhouse Hotel on Friday the 1st of December 2017. The guest speakers are: DR AC Serote [Director General for Social Cohesion and Nation Building] and Prof Julie Wells who is the Head of the Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit (IAHU) at Rhodes University.

The Siyakha (“we are building”) Community Healing Forum, known as “Siyakha”, was registered as a non-profit organisation in 2016 with the broad objectives of community healing, social justice, peacebuilding and social dialogue for sustainable reconciliation. It is an independent organisation that exists in its own right, separately from its members, any membership changes or changes in office bearers. Prior to its formalisation, Siyakha worked closely with IJR to reach mutual social dialogue and community social cohesion and peacebuilding objectives.

The following stakeholders are invited to attend:

  • Government departments – DAC; SD;
  • NGO’s with an interest in or relevant experience in reconciliation; social cohesion; inclusion
  • IJR partners – Siyakha; Ambassadors forum representatives
  • Researchers and academics wanting to share new findings and exchange with practitioners.
  • Communities

For queries and to RSVP contact Simone Brink: Sbrink@ijr.org.za /021 202 4071

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