Justice Africa was founded as an advocacy organisation and research institute in 1999, dedicated to campaigning for human rights and social justice across Africa, and initiating and supporting civil society activities promoting democracy and peace. Justice Africa seeks to give a voice to those affected by conflict and marginalised in society, and is run by, for and with Africans and African communities; guided by the Pan-African slogan: “Nothing for me without me”. We work directly with civil society and communities to encourage dialogue and informed citizenry, promote peace and support democratic processes in Africa.
Justice Africa seeks to:
- Build coalitions of institutions, interested groups and individuals with the common aim of seeking solutions to Africa’s developmental and governance challenges
- Promote peaceful civic action as a response to the threats of war and human rights abuses.
- Support dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas across the continent, especially focusing on the promotion of innovative and constructive approaches to the resolution of conflicts.
- Enhance democracy at the local, sub-regional, regional, national and international levels, thereby increasing the legitimacy and accountability of its institutions.
- Support the creation and development of robust and principled civil society groups across Africa.
- Promote access to publications and other educational resources on the continent.
We advocate for citizen participation in decision-making on issues of peace, justice and democracy. We undertake research and design process-oriented programmes based on consultation with affected communities and partnerships with like-minded organisations.
Justice Africa maintains faith in the basic principles of peaceful co-existence and ‘unity in diversity’. Over the years we have developed principles that guide and help us to embed our values in our work:
Comprehensiveness: We believe that it is impossible to promote one aspect of peace in the absence of concern for other aspects and that peace can only be achieved when interventions address conflicts comprehensively.
Inclusivity: We consult with as many stakeholders as possible, at each stage of a process to understand the views and interests of everyone, in order to develop sustainable solutions.
Impartiality: We maintain links with parties to conflicts to ensure our capacity to work with all stakeholders; however, we remain impartial and have only one objective: to sustain peace.
Positivity: Morale is often desperately needed in circumstances of conflict and hardship. We believe it is important to appreciate and encourage positive trends as well as acknowledging negative ones, to support resilience and optimism in the face of strife.
Strategic Drive: We believe in long term strategies that prevent problems from occurring in the first place, as well as working with groups long after, to ensure strong foundations for peaceful and empowered communities.
Building on strengths: We work to develop approaches that build on what is in place and functional, so that we are supporting institutions and structures that people are comfortable with; looking at what has worked in the past and building from strengths rather than weaknesses.
Contextual Depth: We try to understand and articulate the context in which we work, from the inside-out. One-size-fits-all solutions generally do not work, and the more people understand a situation, the better placed they are to find appropriate solutions.
Serving people: We do not seek publicity or the limelight, so that those closest to the issue have the space to take their roles as drivers and owners of processes. We try to always remember that we are ‘in service’, not ‘a service’.
Appropriate Institutional Frameworks: The outcomes of interventions often depend heavily on how you do things. We think carefully when we design institutional systems, structures and frameworks, so that they provide the structure, flexibility, and transparency required.
We try to develop lean bureaucratic systems that first and foremost respond to the interests and needs of our partners and the people we serve.
Justice Africa maintains faith in the basic principles of peaceful co-existence and ‘unity in diversity’. Over the years we have developed principles that guide and help us to embed our values in our work.