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Building fair, democratic, inclusive and peaceful societies in Africa.

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


Critical Conversations on Women Peace and Security in Africa: A Dialogue for Progress

Johannesburg, April 9, 2024 - The ‘Critical Conversations on Women Peace and Security in Africa’ symposium took place in Johannesburg, with participants from various sectors extending their support for the dialogue. They emphasized its crucial role in advancing gender-inclusive peace processes across the continent. As the clock ticks towards the 25th anniversary of the Women Peace and Security (WPS) [...]

April 10th, 2024|

Mobilizing Africa’s Youth for Political Change

Against the backdrop of significant political shifts and recent and emerging popular coups across the continent, 2024 stands as an important year for Africa, with 19 countries gearing up for presidential and general elections. These elections occur against the backdrop of recent popular coups in countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Guinea. Unfortunately, these coups have set [...]

April 8th, 2024|

2024: A Decisive Year for South Africa’s Future Trajectory

2024 is a milestone election year for South Africa. Not only does it mark three decades since the country’s democratic transition, it also could also herald in a new era of political contestation. With the majority of polls thus far conducted pointing to the ruling party losing its overall majority in parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa was at pains to [...]

April 5th, 2024|

From Hope to Crisis: Senegal’s Victory and Togo’s Setback

A few hours after 44-year-old Senegal’s President-elect Diomaye won the hotly contested elections, which had seemed impossible due to outgoing President Macky Sall’s attempt to tamper with the constitution and defer elections to November 2024, a sense of relief swept through Senegal and the region. The elections brought a sigh of relief to a region struggling with a decline [...]

April 3rd, 2024|

Applications for Peace Inclusion Monitors

Women’s Election Mechanism for Peace (WEMP) The Women’s Election Mechanism for Peace (WEMP) is a conflict prevention mechanism that seeks to promote women’s participation, as peace monitors, in the conduct of peaceful National and Provincial elections in South Africa. The IJR and its Women Peace and Security Project Partners, working with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa [...]

March 28th, 2024|

Peace Inclusion Monitors: Empowering Women in South African Elections

In an effort to foster peaceful and inclusive elections in South Africa, the Women’s Election Mechanism for Peace (WEMP) is gearing up for action in the upcoming May 2024 elections. This initiative, spearheaded by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa Media Monitoring Africa, South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) and partners, [...]

March 28th, 2024|

US Pledges Additional $22M to Fight Terrorism in Mozambique

U.S. officials pledged $22 million in new funding Thursday to help Mozambique fight Islamist militants in the country’s troubled, oil-rich Cabo Delgado, where an insurgency has intensified in recent weeks. The United States already had pledged $100 million. At the end of a five-day visit to Maputo, Anne Witkowsky, U.S. assistant secretary of state for conflict and stabilization operations, [...]

March 28th, 2024|

30 Years of Democracy: The Need for a Peace Charter

In a bid to solidify peace and harmony in South Africa, the National Peace Charter marks a significant step towards fostering a more peaceful society. The charter aims to encapsulate the aspirations of the nation for a future built on the pillars of peace and mutual accountability. The draft South African National Peace Charter was introduced to the public [...]

March 28th, 2024|

SADC withdraws troops from Mozambique

Maputo - As the insurgency by Islamic State – linked group in northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado enters its 7th year, it has been announced that troops belonging to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will depart the country by July 15th due to financial constraints. The conflict has resulted in thousands of deaths, while the United Nations [...]

March 28th, 2024|

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