Research

Locating Peace within the Justice Agenda: The Case of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy

This paper discusses the African Union Transitional Justice Policy as a case study that locates peace within the justice agenda in Africa, drawing from the rich, three-decade-long practice and experience of transitional justice processes on ...

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Perpetrators and Protectors: Centering Family Relations in Addressing Violence in Poor Neighbourhoods

This report asks, ‘How and to what extent do families and kinship relations protect against, perpetrate and/or suffer from violence?’ The concern with understanding how families cope with violence in respectively protective and perpetrative ways ...

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Freedom under Siege: Freedom of Association and Assembly in Sub-Saharan Africa

This briefing paper provides an overview of the shrinking civic space as well as the situation on the violations of the rights to freedom of association and assembly in sub-Saharan Africa. It also highlights innovation ...

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Violence, Inequality and Transformation: Apartheid Survivors on South Africa's Ongoing Transition

Despite its lauded political transition in 1994, South Africa continues to have among the highest levels of violence and inequality in the world. Organised survivors of apartheid violations have long maintained that we cannot adequately ...

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Forging a Resilient Social Contract in South Africa

Since the advent of democracy in the 1990s, the South African political settlement has ushered into policy a progressive framework for the realization of socio-economic rights, enshrined by the Constitution. However, this political settlement has ...

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A Case Study of the Marikana Massacre in South Africa

This article reflects on the Marikana massacre of August 2012, subsequent violent strikes and responses by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as a case study, and provides an analysis about whether these interventions bring transformative change or ...

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State-Community Collaboration for Safe Communities: Urban Violence Prevention through Public Employment Programmes

Since 2009 the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation has conducted research and intervention projects that engage with and assess the role of the South African government’s Community Work Programme (CWP) in violence ...

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