The Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), is a three-year grant-making initiative that seeks to support community-based, survivor-led transitional justice projects and processes in seven West African countries. The fund was established by the MacArthur Foundation and another US-based private foundation, to provide transformative and impactful interventions in transitional justice processes in Africa.
The fund will support civil society and local authorities in the selected countries within the sub-region to explore effective transitional justice solutions to addressing victims’ and survivors’ needs through: transformative reparation initiatives; advocating for perpetrators’ accountability; embarking on sustained actions to foster reconciliation; promoting social cohesion; and advancing institutional reforms.
The ATJLF is Afro-centric and will support context-driven initiatives that empower civil society and communities to engage with governments to address wrongs of the past, promote justice for victims affected by conflicts and violence, and advance sustainable peacebuilding and good governance.
The Fund is hosted by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), based in Accra, Ghana and is being administered by a Secretariat.
The ATJLF’s goal is to rebuild communities and (re) activate survivor agency in transitional justice processes in West Africa. It seeks to do this through providing grant support that will enhance civil society and local authority abilities to undertake transformative transitional justice approaches in West Africa.
Through grant-making and network building, the ATJLF will support interventions that advance participatory and locally defined transitional justice projects in the selected countries; and contribute to changing and promoting public and media discourses that upend specific false narratives.
In addition, the ATJLF will invest resources and technical capacity to support projects in communities to empower citizens and transform societies in transition from conflicts or dictatorships.
To prevent duplication and avoid reinventing the wheel, the ATJLF will seek to collaborate with new and existing actors in the field of transitional justice in West Africa and beyond. We seek to build on existing gains and add value to ongoing or upcoming initiatives by forming strategic partnerships, building networks and joining collectives, with a view to promoting genuine accountability, locally relevant justice, contextually driven reconciliation and transformative reparations.
We are mindful of the varied outcomes that each country’s transitional justice process will produce, and we recognize the various stages of the selected countries in their transitional justice mechanisms. The ATJLF’s approach is to ensure and encourage coherence while supporting diversity in the application of transitional justice frameworks that are suitable for the countries and contexts in which they are being implemented.
Specifically, the Fund will focus on three key pillars as follows;