Peacebuilding Interventions Programme – April New 2020

By |2020-04-03T10:02:41+02:00Apr 3rd, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

Trust – Zimbabwe’s elusive currency IJR’s Dr Webster Zambara in Zimbabwe A recent working visit to Zimbabwe by IJR’s Dr Webster Zambara brought him to the stark reality on the prevailing situation on the ground – a deepening trust deficit. In a country that is facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, and [...]

Research and Policy Programme News – April 2020

By |2020-04-03T12:53:59+02:00Apr 3rd, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

In November 2019, two member of the Research and Policy team, Anyway Chingwete and Dominique Dryding, left for Angola to conduct two fieldworker training workshops and to observe fieldwork for the Round 8 Afrobarometer* survey in Angola. The size of Angola, the cost of transport and the language specifications per region necessitated that two fieldwork training [...]

Sustained Dialogues Programme – April 2020 News

By |2020-04-03T12:54:28+02:00Apr 2nd, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

IJR’s Danielle Hoffmeester talks to participants in Calitzdorp ’With these hands, we will rebuild our communities!’’ proclaimed Calitzdorp youth - fitting commitment by young people and elders alike, to rebuild, restore and plough back into our communities. Our individual and collective histories as well as our present-day realities tell us that young people here [...]

From the Field – Social Change Model

By |2020-04-03T12:54:14+02:00Apr 2nd, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

During February 2020, the Social Change Model (SCM) project traveled to the Free State and the Eastern Cape to meet with our ambassadors and explore potential synergies between our and their workplan for the year. It was imperative for our expectations and objectives to be aligned as far as possible to ensure that the SCM project [...]

Looking into Social Cohesion in South Africa after 25 years of Democracy

By |2019-11-05T13:25:26+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Reflections from IJR’s Felicity Harrison As part of the partnership with DDP and KAS, IJR co-hosted a social cohesion conference in Cape Town on the 19th September.  The event brought together representatives from different communities in the Cape Town area to discuss the challenges we are facing and to look at potential ways forward.  The day [...]

Exploring intersectional approaches to the creating and building of gender just communities

By |2019-11-06T12:36:02+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Reflections from IJR’s Eleanor du Plooy Twenty-five years after the end of apartheid, the lived experiences for the majority of South Africans remain defined by the persistence of particular sets of human relationships, most of which are detrimental to our dignity and livelihood. Women and children remain vulnerable to violent trespasses against our dignity as a [...]

Second Meals for Change dialogue

By |2019-11-06T12:46:52+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Reflections from IJR’s Lucretia Arendse he Second Meals for Change dialogue took place on 5th October 2019 at the Fountains Hotel in Cape Town.  The event brought together people from different race groups, ages and walks of life. The conversation aimed to allow participants to express their lived realities of race in South Africa and to [...]

IJR launches Youth Speaks: A collection of poems, short stories and non-fictional pieces

By |2019-11-06T12:47:40+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Reflections from IJR’s Jodi Williams History has shown us that young people have always possessed the resilience and initiative to fight for change. Today, young people here and across the continent (in the same way) possess the means to drive our communities forward. It is with this in mind that the Youth Identity Project brought together [...]

Why integrate mental health, psycho-social support and peace building?

By |2019-11-06T12:45:21+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Some thoughts by Professor Pamela Machakanja, Africa University, Zimbabwe ‘It is imperative that peace and mental health practitioners move away from using linear approaches, to collective approaches that stress the importance of interdisciplinary, multi-level, multi-sectoral and integrated responses to psychosocial and peacebuilding interventions.’ From the 23rd to the 25th of September, IJR and its Finnish partner [...]

The 3rd Annual Continental Transitional Justice Forum

By |2019-11-06T12:43:41+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Reflections from Stephen Buchanan-Clarke In September, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) participated in the 3rd Annual Continental Transitional Justice Forum held at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and convened in partnership by the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and the African Union Department of Political Affairs (AU-DPA). Since [...]