Funding Transitional Justice

Transitional Justice (TJ) includes a range of initiatives that states and societies take in order to address past systematic or massive human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law. Donors face specific challenges in funding TJ: from the fact that TJ is often a long-term, multigenerational issue, to the fact that the term “transitional justice” does not usually figure in donor governments’ policies or internal guidance. This site is designed primarily for donors—at embassy level and in ministries and development agencies—who are interested in supporting TJ initiatives.

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When Is This Useful?

This guidance should be useful at any stage of a TJ process—including (and especially) before it begins. It is designed so that staff in embassies, ministries of foreign affairs, and development agencies can draw on it to shape decision-making processes and to develop documents like country background reports, requests for funding proposals (RFPs), or policy guidance. There are a range of scenarios in which this report might prove immediately useful:

  • There is ongoing conflict in a country, with widespread human rights abuse
  • A country is experiencing a transition away from repressive rule
  • A country is in a peacebuilding phase or is in the process of concluding and/or implementing a peace agreement
  • A country has been punctuated by periods of state-led violence/repression
  • Stakeholders within a country are reopening issues related to a period of past repression, including colonial repression