The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Cape Town , Western Cape

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is a South African think-and-do tank that conducts research and community engagement across South Africa. Founded in 2000, IJR is known for high-quality research based on original data, sought-after policy input and in-depth reconciliation work.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is the Institute’s longstanding patron alongside a Board of Directors who include eminent South Africans from different backgrounds and professions, such as Professor Brian O’Connell, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, and Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela among others. In 2008 the IJR won the coveted UNESCO International Prize for Peace Education for its part in shaping post-apartheid history education in South Africa.

Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through four programmatic focus areas. IJR also operates in several other African countries including: Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, CAR and Kenya. The Institute also regularly interacts with continental governance structures such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU).

IJR implements its work using four key methodologies which we believes to be central for successful and sustainable social transformation namely:

  • Research and Analysis
  • Deep and sustained Dialogues
  • Mobilisation, Training and Empowerment and
  • Strategy, Communications and Advocacy

IJR’s systems and structures are well-established, regularly returning unqualified external audits, increasing donor support and a reputation for quality work delivered on time.