The board of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jan Hofmeyr as Acting Executive Director with immediate effect until June 2021. Jan replaces the late Mr. Stan Henkeman, who passed due to Covid-19 complications last December. The institute will start with the recruitment of Mr. Henkeman’s successor [...]
The crises around our continent do not seem to have decreased after the initial promise of the range of policy frameworks that we have adopted as an African continent. Most recently, the crisis in Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, which pits the government against a resurgent Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLP), has led to more than 40,000 refugees fleeing into the neighbouring Sudan, and untold casualties of war.
The growing importance of inclusive development in fostering peace – Reflections from inclusive economies as we look towards 2021
Over the course of 2020, the preservation of economic security took centre stage as businesses and people were hard hit by a series of lockdowns intended to slow the spread of Covid-19. Sadly, economic insecurity increased as those forced to the margins constituted an ever-growing portion of our society.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation is committed to the building of fair, democratic and inclusive societies. Due to its roots in South Africa’s transition of the early 1990s, the organisation has over the past two decades concentrated its pursuit of this vision on post-conflict societies in the midst of transitional justice processes across Africa. In recent years it has increasingly been called upon to share this experience in similar contexts further abroad.
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 [...]
Bailing out state-owned enterprises will come at the cost of social cohesion and protecting society’s marginalised
As South Africa peers over the edge of a fiscal cliff, it is critical that resources be directed towards strengthening social cohesion and protecting those on the margins of society, rather than throwing billions at failed projects like South African Airways. Material injustice continues to haunt South Africa’s pursuit of an inclusive, reconciled post-apartheid society. The [...]
The documentary film 1972 Broken Hearts, launched by IJR in partnership with The Institute of Scientific Research for Development (IRSD), is both a means of documenting a violent and traumatic past and a way of paying tribute to victims of a tragedy that gripped Burundi from April to July 1972. This tragedy is known in Burundi [...]
The Equality Unit of the University of Stellenbosch has been running Instagram Live sessions in August to highlight issues that affect women in women’s month. On the 12th August, Felicity Harrison from the IJR Sustained Dialogues Programme participated in a discussion facilitated by Yamkela Tyapha on the topic of catcalling – why it is problematic and [...]
Institutional Responses to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and the Urgent Need for Trauma-Informed and Survivor-Centred Support
Waking up to the news of gender-based violence (GBV) and the brutal murders of women, children, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community is a daily occurrence that has become normalised and ingrained within our social fabric. In South Africa, rates of sexual violence are unacceptably high and comparable to contexts of active conflict; which is yet [...]
On August 13, the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) project hosted a webinar entitled, ‘The State of South Africa’s Democracy: Insights from Afrobarometer and the South African Reconciliation Barometer surveys’. The webinar sought to present and explain South Africans’ perceptions of democracy. Afrobarometer and SARB project leaders, Dominique Dryding and Mikhail Moosa presented their findings. These [...]