Civil Society Participation in Peace-Making and Mediation Support in the African Peace & Security Architecture

By |2021-04-01T13:11:17+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

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.

South Africans are Feeling a Sense of Growing Economic Insecurity

By |2021-04-01T13:11:23+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

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.

1972 Broken Hearts: A Documentary Film to Heal the Hearts of Burundians

By |2020-10-05T17:16:34+02:00Oct 5th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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 [...]

Catcalling and Rape Culture – IJR Collaborates with the Stellenbosch Equality Unit

By |2020-10-05T17:16:26+02:00Oct 5th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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

By |2020-10-05T17:16:19+02:00Oct 5th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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 [...]

The State of South Africa’s Democracy – Key Insights

By |2020-10-05T17:16:09+02:00Oct 5th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

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 [...]

Protecting Lives and Livelihoods – Views from the Inclusive Economies Project

By |2020-07-02T11:02:21+02:00Jun 30th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

As the country moves to level 3 of lockdown, the opening up of the economy comes as a welcome relief to all South African’s, including the most economically marginalised. While the Covid-19 crisis spreads through the country, the media has put on raging narrative inducing a dichotomy of lives vs livelihoods. Yet, whichever side of the debate you buy into, it is always the most vulnerable segments of society that will bear a disproportionate burden of losses to both lives and livelihoods.

Thoughts from IJR’s Executive Director

By |2020-07-02T11:02:38+02:00Jun 30th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

The answers are in the questions. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the single biggest event to confront the globe for the last one hundred years.  The world has moved on in leaps and bounds since the last global pandemic, yet, we were caught unawares.  There is no vaccine on the horizon and the world has seen [...]

The Central African Republic Elections and their Effect on the Current Peace Process

By |2020-07-02T11:02:54+02:00Jun 30th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

The upcoming 2020 presidential election in the Central African Republic (CAR) has the potential to derail the implementation of the 2019 Khartoum Peace Agreement and bring about a return to widespread conflict.

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