Peacebuilding Interventions Programme

The Peacebuilding Interventions Programme works to develop and implement initiatives that contribute to the building of fair, democratic, and inclusive societies. It seeks to achieve a creative balance between justice and reconciliation, development and human security, as well as contributing to the reconstruction of countries ravaged by war and oppression. The programme facilitates this through three complimentary and mutually supportive levels: engaged research and analysis, capacity building and collaborative political intervention.

Sustained Dialogues Programme

The Sustained Dialogues Programme works to acknowledge, confront and engage – through dialogue – enduring legacies that continue to marginalize, wound and cause injustice. Using innovative and creative methodologies, Sustained Dialogues works to overcome these barriers through meaningful initiatives to foster and sustain reconciliation within and between individuals and communities. Sustained Dialogues takes a deliberate and thoughtful approach in our work to make societal transformation and reconciliation positive. Our achievements for 2016 are reported against each Medium-Term Outcome (MTO) set by IJR. BIS Programme projects worked towards influencing all MTOs to varying degrees.

Communication, Advocacy & Strategy Programme

The Communication, Advocacy and Strategy programme at the IJR drives all cross-cutting issues within the organisation, works closely with programmes and assists with planning, coordination and fundraising capacity.

The programme takes on its own content and designs projects to communicate messages of Reconciliation and Justice to assist in ensuring sustainability of the IJR. The programme seeks to engage in a relevant way that informs, advocates and sets the agenda for justice and reconciliation. The IJR team regularly participates in media, offering context, depth and unique insight into current affairs on the continent. The programme generates and coordinates the organisation’s media participation, and is also responsible for the organisation’s public profile, including website, social media management and branding. The programme also hosts several public events annually. These are intended to ignite renewed interest in and interrogation of key themes related to justice and reconciliation, often invoking untraditional and new audiences and stakeholders.  Furthermore, as part of IJR’s new multi-year strategy the programme will for the first time this year focus on advocacy, in order for IJR to be part/ initiate processes that involve a series of actions conducted in order to transform power relationships.

Internally, regular sessions for creative and reflective collaboration are presented for all staff to participate in, including weekly reviews of current affairs media, and bi-monthly learning seminars.In 2014, the C&S programme added information and knowledge management to its portfolio. As part of this project, it is envisioned that the IJR will be able to centralise all organisational resources in an archive centre in near future as well as an improvement of IJR’s overall information and knowledge management system.

The strategy component of the programme is responsible for strategic planning, fundraising (including online fundraising), donor relations and the coordination of monitoring and evaluation. A key new component of the IJR organisation which differentiates the 2017 – 2020 strategy, is the establishment of a business development function, to identify and follow up opportunities for income generation for new IJR interventions and strengthening partnerships around existing interventions. At the same time, IJR will continue to engage donors and funders across the globe to source funding and ensure a diversified support for its work.

Research and Policy Programme

Through original public opinion research and enquiry about the linkages between development, social cohesion, and reconciliation, the Research and Policy (RP) Programme of the IJR, seeks to provide an empirical basis for the organisation’s interventions, and the policy positions that it champions across the African continent.

The programme is home to the world’s longest running public opinion survey on national reconciliation, the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB), and it is the Southern African core partner of the Africa’s most prestigious public opinion survey into matters of democratic- and economic governance, the Afrobarometer (AB). The Inclusive Economies Project, also housed within the RP Programme, seeks to draw the linkages between inclusive development and the creation of more socially cohesive and reconciled societies. The Programme collaborates with national, continental, an international partners to foster innovative approaches to research and policy-making around reconciliation, social cohesion, and inclusive economic development.