Policy, Publications, Transitional Justice

Effective implementation of transitional justice mechanisms: Challenges and Prospects in Africa and Europe

In the past decade, the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) have both adopted policy frameworks on transitional justice (in 2019 and 2015 respectively) and have built experience in supporting national and communal initiatives. The EU on its part has been actively supporting and promoting transitional justice in post-conflict...

Read moreCSVR, Tim Murithi, Stephan Parmentier and Natascha Zupan
Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Publications

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

The aim of this manual is to outline mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in the context of enforced disappearances, and to provide insights into community-based psychosocial support interventions. It outlines strategies to mitigate risk factors for stress, secondary traumatization, and re-traumatization. It also takes into consideration that many of...

Read moreAmina Mwaikambo and Cathy-Ann Potgieter
Domestic Violence Legislation, Gender-based Violence, Policy, Publications, Study on the Violent Nature of Crime

Policy Brief: Accelerating GBVF Response Through Community-Led Platforms – Lessons from the Scorecard of the Localisation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

This policy brief highlights the findings from the scorecard on the localisation of the NSP-GBVF, emphasising the areas of priority for all state and community-based actors as they continue to implement to objectives of the policy. This brief is intended to be used by organisations and community leaders working to...

Read moreGugu Resha and Cathy-Ann Potgieter
Policy, Publications, Study on the Violent Nature of Crime, Torture and State Violence, Transitional Justice


These 3 case studies review the manifestation of violent extremism in the Sahel region, particularly in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. It contains an analysis of the militaristic approaches adopted so far in addressing this phenomenon. However the research argues that such an approach does not effectively address the root...

Read moreBobuin Jr Valery Gemandze Oben
Policy, Publications, Sexual Violence, Transitional Justice, Truth Commissions

Addressing CRSV through Truth Commissions in Africa

Drawing on examples from African truth commissions, this policy brief presents recommendations for better enabling accountability, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence for conflict-related sexual violence. Written for policy makers and practitioners working towards holistic transitional justice in Africa, the brief shows how to improve truth-seeking and truth-telling processes to promote...

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Domestic Violence Legislation, Gender-based Violence, Publications, Research

Scorecard on the Localisation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

Recognising the need to track the progress of the implementation of the NSP-GBVF and to document community centred approaches to addressing GBVF. CSVR developed a scorecard to assess the localisation of the NSP-GBVF. The scorecard also mapped community awareness of gender-based violence services across South Africa's gender-based violence hotspots. The...

Read moreGugu Resha
Publications, Research


  The Forensic Academy (FA) is a project created by Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). The FA is a training program intended to educate and empower South-based activists...

Read moreStacy Norman Hector, Amina Mwaikambo, Cathy-Ann Potgieter, KP Hartman and Meaghan Horsley
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