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.
They say every cloud has a silver lining. While Covid-19 appears as a particularly large and menacing one; it too brings opportunities to reflect and rework existing ways of doing things.
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.
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).
Civil Society Participation in Peace-Making and Mediation Support in the African Peace & Security Architecture
On 1 March, IJR launched the report on Civil Society Participation in Peace-Making and Mediation Support in the African Peace & Security Architecture (APSA), which IJR produced in partnership with the German Corporation for Development Cooperation. The online launch event featured ten speakers from African intergovernmental organisations, civil society, academia and development partners and was attended by over 70 guests.
Inclusive Economies began 2021 with two new publications assessing the state of South Africa’s economy, society and body politic. Drawing on insights from the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB), a nationally representative public opinion survey of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), we find that South African’s are feeling a sense of growing economic insecurity underpinned by worrying employment prospects. In 2019, South Africa recorded its highest number of protests and riots in the 21st century. In the same year, nearly half (42%) of South Africans perceived a worsening of their employment opportunities since 1994 while nearly three in four (72%) of South Africans link present-day poverty to historical disadvantage under apartheid. This parallels the lived reality of South Africans who experience income deprivation, with as many as 18% of black South Africans, 9% of Coloured South Africans and only 2% of white South Africans reporting regularly going without an income.
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 [...]