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In a breakthrough development to help build capacity amongst NGOs, learning, and skills development have now been placed within the sector’s immediate reach. Covid-19 induced lockdown and subsequent economic effects have resulted in a difficult operating climate for South African NGOs; however, the problems that NGOs seek to address have not ceased. Instead, they have been exacerbated by the recent events including the pandemic, and there is now a growing need for new models of engagement between communities, NGOs, and society at large.
This project, Khulisa Justice and Restoration Programme (JARP) is a community-based mediation programme. Victims and offenders are brought together in dialogue, facilitated by a third, neutral party (i.e. the Khulisa mediator). Where appropriate, indirect victims affected by the crime or conflict, e.g. family members, community members, children, school learners, teachers, etc. are also included in the Restorative Justice processes.
In the majority of our engagements, Khulisa received an observed call that there are plenty of organisations that require development. So that they can resolve conflict and address violence and crime before they escalate and result in horrendous incidences.
Leading up to International Restorative Justice Week, we at Khulisa caught up on the points of view of our MD Lesley Ann van Selm, Carl Stauffer and Mike Batley from the Restorative Justice Centre and fellow speakers taking part in the Restorative Justice Webinar. Hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the 23rd of November 2021) in association with Khulisa Social Solutions and the Restorative Justice Centre
This year International Restorative Justice Week is observed from the 21st till the 28th of November 2021, under the theme “Protect and Empower the Person Harmed”. In order to protect and empower through Restorative Justice, we must know a little about it.
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