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Building fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation shapes national approaches to transitional justice and reconciliation in Africa.



Vacancy: Research and Policy Part-Time Project Officer 

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is a Cape Town-based non-profit think tank that seeks to build free democratic and inclusive societies across Africa. It currently seeks to fill the part-time position of Project Officer within its Research and Policy Programme. The Project Officer will work on Supporting the Engagement of Pan-African Civil Society Initiatives with the African [...]

Mar 2nd, 2021|

Report Launch:Report on Civil Society Participation in Peace-Making and Mediation Support in the APSA: Insights on the AU, ECOWAS and SADC.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in collaboration with the German Corporation for Development Cooperation invites you to the launch event: Report on Civil Society Participation in Peace-Making and Mediation Support in the APSA: Insights on the AU, ECOWAS and SADC. RSVP to aflink@ijr.org.za by 25 February 2021 Download the report here: https://bit.ly/3aHgnNt

Feb 23rd, 2021|

Intensifying Economic Insecurity may threaten South Africa’s Social Cohesion

A brutal pandemic, anaemic growth, huge job losses and an increasingly austere state have converged to create a sense of perpetual anxiety among millions of South Africans. When it struck, the country was ill-prepared to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Poor service delivery, weak oversight institutions and a depleted fiscus ensured that the state’s social capital was at an [...]

Feb 19th, 2021|

An Unorganised Response to an Organised Crime

Image: Bill Oxford (Unsplash) Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon, but rather one that has recently captured the public’s attention as conspiracy theories move into the mainstream and kidnappings become ever more prevalent in South Africa (SA). While quantifying the crime is a statistical and elusive nightmare, we can be fairly certain that traffickers consolidate their illegal activities [...]

Nov 25th, 2020|

Trust – A Missing Ingredient in the COVID-19 Vaccine

On the 9th of November, pharmaceutical developer Pfizer announced the most promising results from a COVID-19 vaccine trial to date, claiming that their vaccine appears to be over 90% effective in preventing viral infection. This release is based on the preliminary results of trials taking place in over 40 000 people across six countries, including in South Africa. With [...]

Nov 17th, 2020|

Former IJR Fellow Appointed as UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide

IJR wishes to express our sincere congratulations to Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya on her appointment as the new United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide. Ms. Nderitu is a former Transitional Justice Fellow at IJR, and is well known in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention both in her home country, Kenya, and across [...]

Nov 11th, 2020|

Bailing out state-owned enterprises will come at the cost of social cohesion and protecting society’s marginalised

Material injustice continues to haunt South Africa’s pursuit of an inclusive, reconciled post-apartheid society. The results of the 2019 round of the South African Reconciliation Barometer, a national public opinion survey by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, confirms this in its finding that one in three South Africans believe the biggest disruption to social cohesion in South Africa is [...]

Nov 6th, 2020|

Latest Publications

IJR Policy Brief 30: State of the nation


SA Reconciliation Barometer 2019


IJR Policy Brief 27: News in the COVID-19 crisis


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