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ATJLF Cohort 3 Grantees 2022

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

  1. COVICI is being funded to continue building on the successes of their previous project. They will continue to work with victims to seek redress for human rights violations suffered, by either referring them to the appropriate state institutions and/or helping them get the correct documentation to access remedies. COVICI will also support victims to find information that will enable them to receive the government’s reparations package, where available. Specifically, they will provide psychosocial support and build victims’ capacity with information on how to improve their socioeconomic status. COVICI intends to also leverage on their access to local authorities and will utilize advocacy and training to improve victims’ capacity to access local support mechanisms that victims could use to set up and manage income generating activity at the community.
  2. Réseau Action Justice Et Paix (RAJP) intends to continue promoting the inclusion of youth and young people in transitional justice conversations while building on memorialization activities to promote communal healing. They will utilize the grant to organize events for schoolchildren on memorial sites set up in the previous project. The objective is to enable the schoolchildren to have a good understanding of the history of the post-elections conflict in their locality to prevent future conflicts. They will complement these with healing sessions that will bring the youth and young people together to discuss what happened in their locality and design the memorial initiatives collaboratively and in a way that they want to remember the incidents in their localities.

 

THE GAMBIA

  1. ANEKED (African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances) will continue implementing a project to advocate for accountability and an end to impunity in The Gambia. They will also provide psychosocial healing to survivors of oppressive dictatorship in The Gambia and Senegal.
  2. Centre for Research and Policy Development (CRPD): The main goal of this project is to promote an efficient and accountable security sector that is responsive to security and justice needs of Gambians. The project will contribute to ongoing Security Sector Reform (SSR) processes in The Gambia by strengthening the organizational and technical capacity of the defence and security sector personnel and civil society actors on human security. The project will work with the security sector training schools to address the gap in producing professional, accountable, and responsive security personnel.
  3. GAMBIA PARTICIPATES seeks to scale up the previous project that seeks to use participatory video-making for victims of human rights violations by the Jammeh regime. This project will leverage on using the techniques of participatory video in The Gambia and will seek to enable groups of citizens to investigate and document the impact and effectiveness of the truth and reconciliation processes that took place in the country.
  4. Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations (Victims Centre) The Centre’s project is to continue to consolidate the efforts and achievements of the previous funded project, which seeks to address issues of reconciliation and help in creating better understanding of the reparations process in The Gambia. They will prioritise these components of the ongoing transitional justice processes in The Gambia especially for post-TRRC and post-elections periods.
  5. Journalists for Justice: This is a continuation of previous project and aims to develop the capacity of media actors to produce critical and unbiased reports; support victims and women groups in their advocacy for inclusive and holistic reparations; and enhance the capacity of young people and civil society to engage in advocacy for the implementation of the TRRC recommendations and accountability for past crimes.
  6. Women’s Association for Victims’ Empowerment (WAVE) one of the primary objectives of this project is to continue strengthening inter-communal relations in identified localities to foster strong and sustainable individual and community healing and facilitate conversations aimed at empowering victims to demand holistic and transformative reparation, acknowledgment, and accountability for human rights violations. This is phase two of the project funded in the previous cohort and will align with other projects being supported across the country, that look at the post-TRRC era.
  7. WOMEN IN LIBERATION AND LEADERSHIP (WILL) Through continued engagements with communities in Foni, this project will build on existing gains from the previous project which enabled the organisation to get residents of this region to take part in the TRRC process despite initial boycott. The project has three major components that complement each other and the broader goal of promoting reconciliation and transformative reparations.

 

LIBERIA

  1. GLOBAL JUSTICE & RESEARCH PROJECT (GJRP): The goal of this proposed project is to continue the work of seeking avenues of justice where it is possible   and   fighting   impunity   by   facilitating   the   prosecution   of   alleged   Liberian   war   crimes perpetrators abroad.  GJRP seeks to continue engaging with victims to represent their interests in ongoing   investigations, cooperate   with   foreign   authorities   on   their   investigations, document international crimes that have been committed in Liberia, file more criminal complaints and/or submit information to investigative authorities of countries where alleged Liberian perpetrators are residing, and support victims and witnesses during trials. The organisation will also continue to lead national advocacy for the establishment of a national tribunal in Liberia.
  2. Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) proposes to work with the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) and victims’ groups to further national reconciliation, remembrance, and redress of the scars of the civil war. The project envisages to engage in rigorous advocacy with the Legislature to pass two legislations establishing a war memorial and a war museum as symbols of remembrance for victims of the civil war and as reminder to coming generations about the scourge of war. The project will also develop a “platform of remembrance and story-telling” through establishing a website and a social media platform for documenting records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that includes stories of victims as told by victims. This aspect will serve as a documentary platform for research and new generation learning. Also, the project will engage the civic space with illustrations of the stories of conflicting communities and tribes to be taught in specially arranged classes in 10 elementary school and junior high schools.
  3. Liberia Massacre Survivors Association: LIMASA will continue with their research to identify additional hidden massacre sites and improve the flow of information on the TRC process for public consumption in Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, and Grand Kru Counties. They will combine these with town hall meeting to address the public information gap and focus group discussions among other approaches. The project will target victims and perpetrators of the war, local authorities and leaders, women and youth group, the disabled community etc. as its primary beneficiaries. The overall goal is to unearth more massacre sites, increase engagement and understanding between and among community residents including victims and perpetrators on the implementation of the TRC recommendation and strengthen public advocacy for the implementation of the core recommendations on accountability and justice.
  4. Talking Drum Studios Liberia: building on the pilot project implemented last year, the funded project has two strands. The first is to continue the community reflections for reconciliation, healing, and memorialisation and the second dimension of this project is seeking to develop a Talking Drum Handbook on memorialisation and reparations out of the TRC final report. This Handbook will be reproduced in a simplified form, focusing on the core recommendations of the TRC final report on reparations and memorialization. It will draw on some practical examples of the previous memorialisation projects as illustrations (of community actions) and suggest ways of how the Handbook could serve as a Roadmap for other local communities seeking knowledge to engage in their own everyday practices of grassroots transitional justice.

 

MALI

  1. Association Femmes Victimes de Violence dans les Régions Nord du Mali (AFVVRNM) is an association of female survivors working with female IDPs in Bamako. They have been a key pillar to the Malian Truth Commission’s work in reaching out to female IDPs from northern Mali. In their previous funded project, they enabled the beneficiaries, all of whom were female IDPs in Bamako, to develop a better ownership and understanding of the transitional justice process in general, and in particular to be able to better understand the State’s reparation policy. For this second phase of the project, they will continue their work in Bamako and expand to the region of Mopti where there is an increased number of IDPs due to the ongoing crisis. In addition, 100 women in the camps will be trained as peer counsellors for mutual support and self-help groups. They will also be trained in identifying critical cases of trauma that need to be referred to specialized institutions.
  2. Association Noyau Dur pour la promotion de la Justice Transitionnelle au Mali (AND-Mali) is an association of youth that promotes issues of transitional justice in Mali. Through this project, AND-Mali will gather victims’ opinion on how they would like to participate and be represented in the two new entities that will be created after the CVJR concludes its work next year. One of the entities will handle the reparations aspect and the other will monitor and ensure the implementation of the CVJR’s recommendations. The results of the consultations by AND-Mali will hopefully influence the final CVJR’s proposal on these institutions. In addition, AND-Mali will identify victims in the Segou and Koulikoro regions who have not yet made statements at the CVJR and facilitate their access to the CVJR process.
  3. Réseau Des Jeunes Pour Une Justice Transitionnelle Inclusive Au Mali (R2JTIM), based in Timbuktu, this project seeks to increase the participation of victims, particularly youth, in the transitional justice process by organizing information sessions on the mandate of the CVJR and the process of giving testimony. Due to the distance between the affected localities in which this project will be implemented and the region’s capital where the CVJR office is located, thus making it hard for victims to go there to testify, R2JTIM will facilitate bringing the CVJR to the communites.
  4. Tribune Jeunes pour le Droit au Mali (TRIJEUD-MALI)’s project seeks to enable survivors of the conflicts to document their experiences, access justice and advocate for reparation. Using both Mobile Legal Clinic and Stationary Legal Clinic, the project will identify victims and survivors in remote communities, sensitize, inform, and support them to access the regional branches of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR) to give testimony. They also propose to provide psychosocial care to survivors who would be in need of urgent psychosocial support.

 

NIGERIA

  1. Basic Rights Watch (BRW) and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR): The main aim of this project is to organize locally driven truth-telling and truth-seeking, and restorative justice oriented and communal healing dialogues. These dialogues will promote truth-telling, acknowledgement of crimes and abuses as well as redress and accountability for victims of mass crimes and serious human rights violations in the north-east. More specifically, the intervention will focus on abuses meted out to young people in Nigeria in the context of the conflict in the northeast.
  2. KISHIMI SHELTER AND CARE FOUNDATION (KSCF) and PSY-CARE and HEALTH RIGHTS INITIATIVE GOMBE (PHI): This is a continuation of a project from the first cohort. The project seeks to provide and increase access to mental health and trauma healing support to IDPs in one state in the northeast. This project is fully embedded in the communities they operate is aligned with the ATJLF’s strategic focus on supporting survivor-led psychosocial interventions that advance victims’ agency and de-traumatisation.
  3. HUMANGLE MEDIA: this is a continuing project. The project’s overall goal is to cover transitional justice issues related to the ongoing Boko Haram conflict in Northeast Nigeria through building the capacity of community reporters in at least one state in the region. It is also aimed at giving voice and platform to survivors, victims, government, human rights advocates, and others to air their stories, their efforts in peacebuilding as well as promoting reconciliation and accountability. The project will serve as conduit for the promotion of diversity and inclusion in media reporting of the Boko Haram crisis.
  4. Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN): The funded intervention will be using a dual approach of (1) Strengthening the ‘supply’ side of accountability i.e., justice sector actors, and (2) Cohesive engagement with the ‘demand’ side of accountability i.e., communities affected by injustice specifically within conflict affected areas in North-eastern Nigeria. PWAN seeks to ascertain the challenges with investigating and prosecuting cases of human rights violations and atrocious crimes in the Northeast. This new project will provide a background for technical support to justice sector agencies in the region.
  5. Milestones Rehabilitation Foundation: Proposes to implement a continuation of their project from the previous cohort, but with an extension of some of the activities. With this project, they are proposing to provide business skills training for IDP women to enhance their socio-economic agency and capacity.
  6. Fati Abubakar Foundation: this project that seeks to give victims and survivors in Borno State a platform to heal and give testimonies of their lives and experiences through visual arts and photo-documentary. The overall objective of this proposed project is to utilise the transformative power of visual arts and photography to advance communal healing and memorialisation in Borno state. The project also seeks to facilitate truth-telling through visual arts and encourage adoption of art therapy by the state governments in Borno and other neighbouring States.

 

SIERRA LEONE

  1. Campaign for Good Governance (CGG): The project will work towards consolidating the gains made in influencing commitment for the adoption of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy (AUTJP) leveraging on the opportunity of the newly approved board members of the Sierra Leone Peace Commission. It intends to use the learnings from the initial engagement with policy actors, civil society and the ATJLF grantees to intensify dialogue, foster constructive negotiations and intensify the campaign for the AUTJP domestication in Sierra Leone. It will engage in very robust popularization of the policy for better understanding of its significance in democratic strengthening and peace consolidation in Sierra Leone.  CGG will also mobilize and build alliance with CSO’s, the Human Rights Commission for Sierra Leone, and the newly instituted peace commission and the Inter religious council to influence government commitment towards the domestication of the AUTJP.
  2. Center for Memory and Reparations (CMR): The Di Wa Don Don project is intended to facilitate a year of remembrance, dialogue and reconciliation activities around the Sierra Leonean civil war and its legacy on society leading to the 20th year anniversary of the end of the civil war. It intends to promote public understanding of the Sierra Leonean civil war and its post-conflict transitional justice mechanisms such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), lobbying the Government of Sierra Leone to undertake the implementation of certain symbolic recommendations of the TRC, especially those concerning memorialisation and reparations. It will build on existing achievements from previous round.
  3. Fambul Tok:  This project will build on the previous initiative implemented to strengthen community women’s capabilities in identifying conflict and their competence in mediating community disputes. This is a scale up that will maintain the Peace Mothers structures but expand the target to bring youths and young people on board as Peace Ambassadors ‘through the activities of the Transitional Justice and Peace school clubs that bridge the gap between older and younger generation in promoting inclusive peace building for sustainable community development.
  4. Media Reform and Coordinating Group (MRCG): This project seeks to use traditional media and new media platforms and community engagements to increase public awareness on transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms to help change the narrative on TJ issues in Sierra Leone. The main goal is to increase public knowledge and media reportage on TJ in the country. It is a scale up continuation of the ATJLF funded project from previous round.
  5. West Africa Network for Peacebuilding-Sierra Leone (WANEP-SL): This project seeks to continue from the existing ATJLF funded initiative which aimed to build capacity of local authorities and women for the advancement of social cohesion. The project will seek to strengthen the use and application of alternative dispute resolution methods to enhance peace and local accountability at community level.  It also seeks to particularly contribute to establishing and expanding spacesfor women especially market women to access gender-responsive justice needs.

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