ATJLF Commits $2.68 Million Fund To Strengthen Transitional Justice Initiatives In West Africa

The Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), a public charity, has introduced a considerable dedication of $2.68 million in grants and legacy tasks to assist transitional justice efforts throughout six West African nations.

In keeping with ATJLF, $1,555,000 can be allotted to fifteen civil society organisations in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Northeast Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia. This funding is meant to advance transitional justice initiatives, strengthen the capability of community-based companions, and stop the recurrence of gross human rights violations.

Along with this, “the sum of $750,000 has been earmarked for a set of legacy-worthy tasks that embody organisational capability constructing assist for ATJLF grantees, and a further $375,000 has been put aside for collaboration with regional and continental our bodies,” the fund stated in a assertion on Wednesday.

ATJLF, which awarded its first set of grants in February 2020, is about to conclude its operations by the top of 2026. Established in 2019 to assist initiatives that tackle the aftermath of conflicts and human rights abuses in Africa, the Fund has been instrumental in advancing transitional justice throughout the continent

“In Guinea, the Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Northeastern Nigeria, ATJLF has supported interventions that put victims and survivors on the forefront of truth-seeking, reconciliation, and new types of reparations at group ranges,” the assertion stated. 

In Liberia, the fund’s assist has been pivotal in laying the groundwork for a Battle Crimes Court docket and guaranteeing accountability for human rights violations. In The Gambia, ATJLF-funded initiatives have led to the institution of a Hybrid Court docket, mixing home and worldwide authorized frameworks to deal with human rights violations. It additionally facilitated the passing of the Victims Reparations Invoice into legislation in Sierra Leone. 

In 2020, HumAngle, together with 24 different African organisations, obtained grants from the Fund to advance transitional justice within the West African area. With the backing, HumAngle printed scores of tales specializing in the problems of displacement, reintegration, human rights violations, accountability, and trauma in northeastern Nigeria towards the backdrop of the continuing Boko Haram battle. The media organisation additionally constructed the capability of displaced ladies below the umbrella of the Knifar organisation to doc and draw consideration to their experiences.

The funding in these West African nations is a part of ATJLF’s newest $2.68 million dedication for sub-grants and legacy tasks. The funding goals to reinforce the capability of native companions to implement justice initiatives which might be contextually related and sustainable. By prioritising interventions that align with the African Union Transitional Justice Coverage (AUTJP), ATJLF ensures that these initiatives are grounded in established frameworks that promote accountability, reconciliation, and the prevention of future human rights violations.

The anticipated outcomes of this funding are manifold. First, it would empower native communities and organisations to guide in addressing previous injustices and selling therapeutic and reconciliation. Substantial monetary and technical assist offered by two-year grants will allow these organisations to develop and implement more practical and impactful applications. Furthermore, the give attention to constructing the capability of community-based companions will make sure that these efforts are sustainable, with the potential to create lasting change within the area. 

Wanting forward, ATJLF goals to deepen its collaboration with key regional and continental our bodies, together with the African Union (AU) and the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS). By working carefully with these organisations, ATJLF seeks to make sure that its funded initiatives aren’t solely impactful on the group stage but in addition built-in into broader regional methods that promote peace, justice, and reconciliation.

“On this Legacy Part, ATJLF made the choice to assist fewer companions with extra substantial monetary and technical assist by two-year grants, versus smaller one-year grants in earlier funding cycles,” the assertion stated. “That is designed to deepen ATJLF’s dedication, maximise the prospect to amplify impression, and curate organisational strengthening as a key element of sustaining the essential quest for transitional justice in the long run.”

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