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Initiative for Transitional Justice in Africa (ITJA)

Project Overview

The Initiative for Transitional Justice in Africa project is a three-year initiative of the European Union and the African Union implemented by three consortium partners: the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). The project seeks to support member states and civil society organisations in the implementation of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy (AUTJP) and its Roadmap.

The project consists of three main components, each led by a consortium member collaborating with other consortium partners. The first component led by the ICTJ focuses on providing specialized expert assistance and capacity building to the African Union Commission (AUC), AU Member States, and other stakeholders involved in designing and implementing transitional justice strategies, policy frameworks, legislation, and operationalizing transitional justice mechanisms. The second component, led by CSVR, focuses on research, knowledge production, and management. The third component, led by ATJLF, focuses on enhancing engagement and promoting awareness of the AUTJP among civil society stakeholders across the African continent.


The ATJLF is specifically responsible for the popularization of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy across the continent. This will involve enhancing the capacity of civil society actors -including victims and survivor networks, women and youth groups, local NGOs to implement transitional justice initiatives that are guided by the AUTJP and its values. In alignment with our core mission, the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund through the ITJA will support transformative and pioneering interventions in transitional justice processes in Africa through grant-making and network and community building.

Key Activities

1) Grantmaking: The project involves providing financial support to Civil Society organizations/community-based organizations operating across Africa with preference for identified countries in each call cycle. 

2) Technical Assistance: Funded civil society organisations will also receive technical assistance in order to strengthen their capacity for sustainable and viable transitional justice projects. 

3) Community of Practice: The ATJLF will also activate a community of practice on transitional justice through training and coordinating civil society networks and organizations aimed at building their capacity to engage in transitional justice dialogue. This community of practice will serve as a space for dialogue, learning, and sharing of experiences and best practices among transitional justice practitioners and stakeholders on the continent.

Grant Cycle & Timelines

The deadline for submission will be the 18th of February 2024. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and successful applicants will be notified once the review is complete. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. The total number of Grantee partners we will be working with after the entire selection process will be twelve(12) including victim centers and survivor groups, local NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs), women’s groups, and youth networks working on Transitional Justice initiatives in areas affected by conflict and violence across Africa.

The ATJLF will organize an online information session on Tuesday, 23 January for Anglophone applicants. For Francophone applicants, the information session will hold on Friday, 26 January 2023. This session will provide potential applicants with a comprehensive understanding of the grant application process and project expectations. This will also be an opportunity for intending applicants to ask questions.

Starting in April 2024, the project implementation period will be between 8-10 months depending on the project scope per year. This same timeline will be implemented for the year 2025 as well.

In April 2026, the project implementation period will come to an end marking the sunset of the 3-year EU/AU ITJA project.

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