The Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) in Gulu, northern Uganda, has played a key role in transitional justice (TJ) in Uganda since 2005 through seeking to understand and explain the interests, needs, concerns and views of communities affected by conflict. We aim to promote sustainable peace through the active involvement of war-affected communities in research and advocacy. In addition, our work seeks to provide tools to empower other victims and survivors of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region also in situations of conflict.
JRP strives to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities by investigating how TJ mechanisms can be effectively implemented and by creating informed, involved civil societies and communities.
Our work is guided by the following objectives:
- TJ policies and processes are informed by the experiences and needs of conflict-affected populations in Uganda and the Great Lakes region.
- Local initiatives for redress, healing and reconciliation are supported for conflict-affected communities in Uganda and the Great Lakes region.
- Gender- and age-inclusive TJ programme development and service delivery are promoted.
- The institutional capacity of JRP is enhanced to maximise programme delivery and promote sustainability.
Envisioning a just and peaceful society
JRP empowers conflict-affected communities to participate in processes of justice, healing and reconciliation.
Core Values: We are guided by the following values, which have emerged as a result of our work in the last five years:
- Victim-centeredness: We shall strive to ensure that our programmes and interventions serve the best interest of victims and conflict-affected communities;
- Transparency: We shall be transparent in all our activities;
- Teamwork: We shall promote teamwork in implementation of our programmes;
- Innovation: We shall continue to be innovative in development of new methodologies that promote grassroots healing and reconciliation;
- Confidentiality: We shall maintain confidentiality in our work and safeguard information with which we are entrusted;
- Excellence: We shall seek to produce quality and excellent work, and strive to remain the lead TJ-implementing organisation in northern Uganda;
- Non-discrimination: We shall maintain a non-discriminatory approach in our work and serve all people equally;
- Integrity: We shall uphold the integrity of the organisation at all times;
- Political neutrality: We shall maintain political neutrality and non-partisanship in our work.
Working for justice and reconciliation with grassroots communities