ACCORD/TfP attends the (Transitional) Justice Policy Workshop

Supporters of South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) demanding United Nations supervised elections at a rally in Windhoek (UN Photo/Alon Reininger)

Workshop exploring how justice needs are being met in rural communities in Southern African countries.

The Centre for the Study of Governance and Innovation (GovInn) hosted the (Transitional) Justice Policy Workshop on the 31st November 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.

The workshop presented the findings from the CODESRIA-funded research project ‘Justice during transitions’, in which fieldwork was undertaken in five countries, Burundi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. The research project explored: how justice needs are met in rural communities; what justice means in these contexts; what the values and norms that underpin justice practices are; and how conflict is resolved across borders. Of specific interest was what the findings showed to be the implications for transitional justice policy and practice.


The workshop brought together from across the continent practitioners from different organisations and academia who’s work focuses on African continental Politics. The purpose of the workshop was to review and inform policy analysis, and its implementation on the continent. The discussions also highlighted the complexities that these issues have in different frameworks of transitional justice mechanisms that incorporate formal state‐based legal systems and informal (indigenous) justice systems that, across the continent, have continued to function resiliently during periods of transition to meet people’s justice needs.

As part of ACCORD/TfP inter-organisational collaborative efforts to share skills in support of other units’ needs, ACCORD/TfP was represented by Wandile Langa, (Programme Officer: Operations).

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Wandile Langa
Wandile Langa
Programme Officer