Vision and mission

Vision and mission

What we stand for

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the wake 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, inclusive and democratic societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions. It contributes to post-conflict stability, good governance and human security through programmes that promote political reconciliation and social and economic justice across Africa. With its base and origin in South Africa, it continues to learn from the South African experience of transition and explores projects and partnerships that will deepen the efforts to build fair, inclusive and democratic societies in this country, but also the rest of the continent.

In preparation for its Strategy 2022–2025, the IJR conducted an extensive horizon-scanning exercise to distill existing and emerging drivers of change that will shape the contexts within which we are likely to work in the course of this four-year period. This will ensure that we remain relevant, and help us identify our strategic priorities that will drive our partnerships.


The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation is an African organisation that is known for:

Building fair, democratic and inclusive societies.


The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation enables African and global communities to promote reconciliation and to apply human-centred approaches to socio-economic justice.

IJR Theory of change

The IJR directs its energies towards the building of societies that are fair, inclusive, democratic and peaceful, in contexts that are currently afflicted by conflict or where societies continue to grapple with the historical legacy of these conflicts.


The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation subscribe to the following principles in developing and delivering its interventions:

TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY: To ensure accountability, IJR’s intentions are open to partners and stakeholders and it communicates its intentions continuously and clearly. Policy and management decisions are clear in terms of their rationale and context, and placed on record for all in the organisation to see. As such, IJR and its staff remain accountable to the Institute’s founding principles and all stakeholders with whom it partners, especially those in society who were rendered more vulnerable by the historical injustices IJR is assisting society to address.

INTEGRITY: IJR strives for congruency between the national ideals that bequeathed it with the historical legitimacy it needed when it was formed and its current role in the society. As an organisation that strongly advocates ideals which take a stand against corruption, fraud, systemic racism and hatred of the other, IJR’s integrity and that of its staff should be defined by unrelenting pursuit of these honourable ideals in all we do.

FAIRNESS & INCLUSIVITY: IJR actively encourages just and equal participation in its internal and external interventions. IJR aims to foster a democratic environment for its interventions, which is free from discrimination and stereotyping, as well as which enables open-mindedness and the sharing of a diversity of perspectives.

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: The IJR approach is to develop capacity in everything it does – from internal organisational activities to engagement with its project communities.

Strategic Objectives and Outcomes

Nulla fermentum, purus in placerat mattis, ex ante bibendum ex, sed bibendum massa.


Participants have the capacity to use contextually appropriate transitional justice mechanisms


Participants are motivated to enable fairness, inclusivity and peace


Participants take actions that lead to sustained peace, justice and reconciliation


Communities are more resilient, reconciled and socially cohesive


Systems and policies enable the realisation of fair, inclusive, democratic and peaceful societies