Dr. Fanie du Toit

Dr. Fanie du Toit is the Senior Advisor of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa.

He has years of experience specialising in post-conflict reconciliation and transitional justice, with a focus on Africa. Dr. du Toit is the former Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.  Together with Institute colleagues and other partners, has been engaged in post-conflict interventions in countries ranging from South Africa to Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Uganda. He has previously led national support strategies for the teaching of reconciliation, history and life orientation in South Africa. In 2008, the Institute was awarded UNESCO’s International Prize for Peace Education in Paris, in recognition of these efforts.

He is editor of three volumes: Learning to Live Together – Practices of Social Reconciliation; Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Ten Years On (co-edited with Charles Villa-Vicencio) as well as In the Balance – South Africans debate reconciliation (co-edited with Erik Doxtader). He is author of various journal articles, shorter essays, book chapters and regular media pieces.

He was awarded Stellenbosch University’s Chancellor’s Medal in 1990, elected Rhodes Scholar in 1991 and completed a doctoral degree in Philosophy of Religion at Oxford University in 1995. Previous appointments include a Visiting Research Fellowship at Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies as well as adviser to the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, and member of the advisory Board of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution.

He has also served as an Honorary Associated Professor to the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town, in 2014.