Transitional Justice and the Rise of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Model in Africa : Emerging Lessons - Phase I

Eastern Africa has experienced more than its fair share of violent conflict over the last two decades. Somalia and Sudan have just emerged from prolonged intrastate conflicts. Uganda still faces internal conflict in the North and Kenya has recently emerged from over two decades of dictatorship. These countries need to build sustainable peace by putting in place strong governance structures. But first, they must deal with the impact and trauma resulting from the conflict. One mechanism for doing this has gained increasingly popularity: the truth and reconciliation commission, based on the South African experience.

This grant will allow Nairobi Peace Initiative - Africa (NPI-Africa) to study transitional justice mechanisms that have been used in various parts of Africa with a view to documenting the experiences and lessons learned for the benefit of countries considering taking this step. The study will examine popular understanding, perception and expectation of transitional justice mechanisms in three countries that have concluded (South Africa, Ghana and Sierra Leon) and three that are contemplating (Kenya, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo) truth and reconciliation processes.

The findings will be disseminated to policymakers in government and nongovernmental organizations in those countries that are considering establishing their own transitional justice mechanisms.

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Start Date

Thursday, August 31, 2006

End Date

Friday, September 18, 2009


24 months

IDRC Officer

Karuru, Njeri

Total funding

CA$ 364,500


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

John Katunga

Project Leader

George Wachira


Nairobi Peace Initiative - Africa

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