The African Union’s Agenda 2063 refers to pursuing “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.” The devastating and wide-range effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has instigated a crisis that represents both a challenge and an opportunity for Africa to strive to realise its full potential in terms of consolidating peace and development, through the cultivating culture of Pan-African solidarity and self-determination. The disease does not discriminate against its victims on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, culture religion or financial affluence, and it has fueled global pandemonium.
Engaging Civil Society with the African Governance Platform (AGP) to promote Good Governance in Africa
The 2021 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Forum Report titled “COVID-19 in Africa - One Year On: Impact and Prospects” indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged democracy, freedom and human rights on the continent further into crisis.
‘Angena amajoni, amajoni ase Afrika’ [Here come the soldiers of Africa] sings a march of Sub-A learners as they march two-by-two from their primary school to the local community centre to watch a film in 1976. Their uncontainable excitement was sobered up by what lingered in their minds, which was the powerful lead role played by [...]
Digital inroads: IJR’s Gender Justice and Reconciliation Project –Gender based Violence Online Information Centre Project
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) through the Gender Justice and Reconciliation (GJR) project has undertaken to reimagine the role of the digital world in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV). The GBV Online Information Centre Project is a website programme that seeks to be an online information resource that engages three thematic points; access to information on legal rights, community engagement and psychosocial support education. Mainly an information repository, it seeks to provide a more integrated information resource required to address issues of GBV in communities, workplaces, families, universities and schools.
Sustained Dialogues Transitional Justice: How We Contribute to Building Fair, Inclusive and Democratic Societies
Very often when speaking to people about the work that I do, I am met with blank stares and a rather bemused, confused look on the part of the person asking the question. I have been asked if what I do is a full-time job (yes it is!), if I work for government (no I don’t), and what, if any impact the work makes.
Many of us may be struggling with procrastination during the time in which we all find ourselves right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. What started off as an exciting chance to “go digital”, “go online”, “work from home”, etc. has begun to show signs of boredom, depression and procrastination brought on by the inability to move around freely outside of your residence. For some it’s been an opportunity to do the things we always wanted to do but now that that is all done we have become bored out of our minds. The result is that the things, we are supposed to be doing just don’t seem to get done. So, over the next few weeks I will be posting some of my ideas and suggestions on what I call Proactive Procrastination.
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).