Overview of IJR’s 20 year journey

Final 20 anniversary logo

Welcome to IJR’s special website page, dedicated to celebrating the Institute’s 20th Anniversary in 2020.

Launched in 2000, the IJR is celebrating 20 years of its existence this year and will mark this milestone by hosting events that will not only highlight its achievements but also reflect on some of the challenges it has encountered over the years. These events will also acknowledge and thank all the key stakeholders, past and present, who have partnered with the IJR.

The year 2020 is also significant on multiple levels for South Africa’s post-apartheid journey. It follows on a year that marked 25 years of freedom as well as the 18 years since the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC – originally set to run from 1995 – 1998 but was extended to 2002). While 1994 marked the dismantling of the Apartheid political structure, the TRC in 1996 marked a coming to terms with the social aspect of apartheid’s impact on its citizens and was seen as essential for the nation-building.

For the past 20 years, therefore, the IJR has been at the centre of that journey of facing the past and nation-building, as it attempted to ensure that lessons from our Apartheid past were not repeated and that South Africa moved forward.

For IJR the year 2020 presents an opportunity, along with the rest of the country and the world, to take stock of the justice and reconciliation agenda in SA and the world at large.

The Institute, together with its partner practitioners and communities, will engage the broader South African society, the continent and the world in a year-long interrogation of the above question in order to emerge with what will be the key drivers for justice and reconciliation in the decades to come. What were the challenges, how will the coming generations make sense of this journey and how can we be better prepare in the work that we do? The events that that will be taking place during this year will feature opportunities to engage, not only with key aspects of this question but also with the different generations of SA citizens over the past 20 years, who have already begun to approach this history from very different vantage points.

20th Anniversary message from our Executive Director

Our 20 Year Journey in Snapshots

2000 2000
2002 2002
2003 2003
2004 2004
2006 2006
2008 2008
2010 2010
2012 2012
2015 2015
2018 2018


IJR instituted


South African Reconciliation Barometer founded


IJR’s reach extends to Angola, the DRC, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, the Sudan and Zimbabwe


Transformation Audit and Ashley Kriel Memorial Lecture launched


IJR hosts national conference: A National Priority? TRC Recommendations and the Need for Redress


IJR receives the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education


IJR hosts policy seminar in Kinshasa with the CCJT


IJR becomes a Core partner of the Afrobarometer network


IJR presents an inclusive approach towards peace and stability at Burundi, the eastern DRC and Rwanda


IJR’s reach expands to the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Northern Ireland

A calendar of events for our anniversary

Join us for International Conference in November

Date TBC

Details coming soon

Reconciliation Award

Date TBC

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