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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.



Police reform: Can we achieve a safer and more united SA?

The NDP vision of a professional and well-resourced police service has not been realised, affecting social cohesion and public trust. by  MIKHAIL MOOSA AND GARETH NEWHAM The National Development Plan (NDP) presented a vision that by 2030, “The police service [should be] a well-resourced, professional institution staffed by highly skilled officers who value their work, serve the community, safeguard [...]

May 6th, 2021|

American Tribalism – Daily Maverick

Unless American society addresses the foundational trauma that is concretised deep within the edifice of the construction of the nation-state, and the violence, suppression and subjugation of Native Americans and the enslavement of African-Americans transported against their will, then the attacks on not only Asian-Americans but other American ‘tribes’ will continue. The continuing epidemic of racist assaults in the [...]

May 4th, 2021|

Invitation: Conflict Transformation in a Multipolar World: Perspectives from South Africa | 10 May15:00 CET/SAST

The international actors’ landscape in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is changing and becoming increasingly multipolar. In this event series, the Berghof Foundation aims to explore the implications of these developments for the work in our sector. We will focus on countries with distinct approaches to conflict transformation who have yet received comparatively limited attention among peacebuilding communities in Western Europe and North America, while playing increasingly important roles in regional and international peacebuilding endeavours.

May 3rd, 2021|

A Word from the Executive Director’s Office

2021 marks the implementation start of the IJR’s new strategic framework that will run until 2024. Our new framework endeavours to deepen our commitment to the organisation’s original vision of building fair, inclusive and democratic societies for Africa, through the alignment of cutting edge research, dialogue methodologies, capacity building interventions, and advocacy campaigns.

Apr 1st, 2021|

Recognition of Bonteheuwel Square

On 8th March the Western Cape Provincial Government formally recognised Freedom Square in Bonteheuwel as a provincial heritage site.  Attending the event was Adv Mandla Mdludlu from the Heritage Western Cape Council, Ron Martin from the IGIC, Alderman Theresa Thompson from the City of Cape Town, Yusuf Cassiem representing the Bonteheuwel, Councillor Angus McKenzie from the City of Cape Town, MP Faiez Jacobs, MEC for Cultural and Sport Minister Anroux Marais and Felicity Harrison from the IJR.

Apr 1st, 2021|

IJR’s Role In Measuring Progress Towards South Africa’s National Development Plan

COVID-19 has caused widespread disruptions in society and the economy, but how has it affected long-term national planning? A new publication from the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), in collaboration with the IJR, provides an assessment of South Africa’s progress towards the 2030 goals of the National Development Plan (NDP).

Apr 1st, 2021|

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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