South Africa’s political system, especially at this point in time with the Gupta and state capture narrative surrounding the race ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December, needs civil society voices like ours more than ever. Whether it is Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma or a dark horse candidate, the systemic and structural factors like unemployment, impoverishment and wealth inequality won’t go away. IJR, together with the rest of civil and activist society, will continue to keep government accountable and do the hard work of healing woundedness through community building. IJR’s Executive Director, Stan Henkeman, writes on how you can lend a helping hand to help support civil society as an act of political justice.
On the 2nd of December 2017, a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Siyakha and the IJR to cement a working partnership between our two organisations. We hope that our relationship will increase our collective capacity for honest reconciliation and historical justice. IJR's relationship with Siyahka has grown from strength to strength and we look forward to further collaboration.
From 2012 through 2016, the IJR undertook a project, Building Integrated Communities, to test ways that reconciliation can be promoted and to develop a methodology from which anyone can learn. Its findings are now available in a single volume.
By measuring reconciliation in South Africa through public opinion surveying since 2003, the SARB captures progress and offers empirical insights. Join us as we launch and discuss the findings of the most recent SARB survey.
Press Release: Reconciliation and Development Working Paper Series – Towards a social cohesion index for South Africa using SARB data
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) hereby wishes to inform members of the media of the launch of its latest research publication- the Reconciliation and Development working paper series.
On the 21st of September, the IJR co-hosted with the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) members from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr Jan Hofmeyr, head of the IJR's research and policy program, presented on some of the IJR's latest research findings from the annual Transformation Audit publication. The discussion focussed on the role of the private sector [...]
By Gugu Nonjinge Research shows that underprivileged girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene. Since the release of these statistics, hundreds of sanitary towel distribution programmes have been initiated to help keep young girls in school during their monthly cycles. As a girl [...]
IJR was asked by UNDP and UNMISS on behalf of the South Sudan Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to facilitate a workshop designed for members of the Technical Committee in charge of the National Consultation Process for the establishment of the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH), which was completed last week. The training aimed for [...]