Policy

In the face of the unrelenting climate change crisis, environmental destruction, crimes, and abuse that amount to ecocide, the quest for an ecologically just existence has become more urgent in Africa, a continent long ravaged by conflict. The undeniable vulnerability of the human condition, ecosystems, and their biodiversity invites us to reflect on how, after the guns have been silenced, the damage suffered by both people and the environment can be mitigated to avert mutual destruction. Conflict and the environment often form a complex and multidimensional relationship in Africa. The environment can become a root cause of conflict, a means…

Munini Mutuku
06 Jun 2023

Collaboratively written with Fantanka (the Gambia), The Day After (Syria), the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (Colombia) and SOS Sahel Sudan (Sudan), this guidebook for practitioners addresses the global phenomenon of forced migration and seeks to outline how the voices of asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced people can be effectively integrated into transitional justice processes. Understanding forced migration as both a consequence of conflict and authoritarian rule and a violation in itself, it provides pathways to work directly with forced migrant communities within a transitional justice framework, focusing on assessment, participation, documentation and advocacy. The guidebook emerges from…

CSVR
25 May 2023

Youth continue to be worst affected by social and economic issues such as unemployment, substance abuse and violence (ILO, 2021; United Nations, 2011). South African youth are no exception to this claim, experiencing the world's highest rate of unemployment as well as some of the highest rates of homicide and gender-based violence (Clifford, 2020; Rebello, 2021). These challenges have gained increased recognition from stakeholders, such as the South African government, with the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative representing one of many recent initiatives.

CSVR
19 Jan 2023

This policy paper explores the impacts of violent conflict on youth in Africa and approaches for ensuring their effective involvement in peace and transitional justice processes. It analyses regional and international policies that guarantee youth participation, and identifies challenges working against them. The paper concludes with recommendations on how best to address these challenges, with a view to involving young people as critical stakeholders in post-conflict processes.  

Usani Odum
30 Nov 2022

State-run socio-economic and livelihood support programmes have been shown to increase the social inclusion of young people and thereby contribute to the prevention of violence involving youth. This practice brief outlines strategies for civil society practitioners to advocate for these public programmes, improve their implementation and amplify their positive effects, based on experiences in Southern and East Africa.  

Jasmina Brankovic
29 Nov 2022

Released in January 2022 , this summary report, The Roles and Responsibilities of Private Sector Actors in Transitional Justice in Africa and Latin America: Phase II, is part of a larger initiative led by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), which examines past and present transitional justice processes involving private sector actors, with a focus on accountability for grave human rights violations and grassroots interventions across the two regions. Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) Consortium partners, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) contributed…

CSVR
01 Nov 2022
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