By Dr. Tim Murithi and Lindsay McClain Opiyo
Date of publication: April 2014
Policy Brief No 14: Regional Reconciliation in Africa: Policy Recommendations for Cross-border Transitional Justice
On 19 and 20 November 2013, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) convened a Policy Workshop entitled, Regional Reconciliation in Africa: Policy Recommendationsfor Cross-border Transitional Justice. This meeting, which was held at the DIRCO offices in Pretoria, South Africa, brought together senior officials from DIRCO, diplomats, and inter-governmental and civil society representatives from several African countries.
This Policy Brief is the output of a DIRCO-IJR Policy Workshop, and discusses the strategies that governmental, inter-governmental and civil society institutions can adopt and implement to more effectively promote and consolidate regional reconciliation in Africa. The Policy Brief argues that reconciliation can in fact be operationalised across borders – in other words, regionally. It also discusses the types of process and infrastructure for peace that could be used or established to achieve regional reconciliation.