The Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation regularly produces publications to share lessons learned from its work around the world. These tailored toolkits and guides provide practitioners, academics and activists with concrete strategies and tools to help survivors of recent conflict recover from their trauma and help their communities break through cycles of violence.
Civil Society Advancing Transitional Justice
Developing many of the themes in "Building a Learning Community," this follow-up publication examines GIJTR's work with civil society in a range of different types of transition - from states where wars have been won, but perpetrators remain close to power, to states seeking to address decades of authoritarian rule with few resources and little political will. Contexts explored include Colombia, The Gambia, Guinea, and Sri Lanka, among others.
Lessons for a Holistic and Sustainable Approach to Transitional Justice
In this toolkit, the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation shares its work ensuring that all members of society in countries transitioning from conflict or authoritarian rule – especially women and minorities – are included in envisioning and building new futures. Case studies from Colombia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria and elsewhere are included.
Community Truth-Telling in Outlying Regions in Colombia
"Creating Channels of Trust" offers a guide to conducting truth-telling projects in conflict and post-conflict settings by detailing the GIJTR's work in Colombia assisting those affected by the conflict there, which claimed the lives of over 200,000 people between 1958-2013. The toolkit shares best practices for collecting, documenting and sharing the stories of survivors of such conflicts.
Psycho-Social Support for Survivors
Art methodologies provide an alternate language for survivors to capture the trauma of their experiences and creatively engage with the past while envisioning a new future. In this toolkit, Shirley Gunn, Director of the Human Rights Media Center in South Africa, offers a step-by-step guide to one such technique called body mapping, in which one tells a story through a life-sized drawing of her or his body.
A Toolkit for Memorialization in Post-Conflict Societies
In all societies, we undertake memorial activities to preserve historical memory relating to traumatic events such as conflicts, genocide, famines, the plague, the aftermath of a great humanitarian crisis, etc. This manual draws on the work of Sites of Conscience - historic sites, history museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today's movements for social justice - to provide inspirational, innovative and informative examples of memorialization that highlight the ways memory in the post-conflict world can be used to forge more peaceful futures.
Violence and Prevention Dialogue Toolkit
Effective communication is essential if communities around the world are to address challenging histories and build more just and peaceful futures. This toolkit shares strategies for facilitating dialogues that bring individuals, organizations and communities together for the purposes of individual and collective learning. The information is drawn from the firsthand experience of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and focuses on the importance of a nuanced understanding of cultures and local situations by incorporating lessons learned from civil society organizations (CSOs) and teachers across Guinea and the Côte d’Ivoire.
Transitional Justice and Women
This toolkit aims to explore the multiplicity of roles occupied by women during conflict and periods of authoritarian rule, as well as how these roles impact on women’s needs post-conflict; highlight the ways in which women have been involved in transitional justice processes and the impact of their involvement; investigate obstacles to the inclusion of women in transitional justice processes; and share recommendations from women-led grassroots organizations for meaningful inclusion of women in transitional justice processes. It considers a wide range of contexts, including Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Sri Lanka, Algeria and Guatemala.
Understanding and Addressing Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Transitional Justice
This assessment toolkit is designed for civil society organizations (CSOs) and activists who are working to address socio-economic and other root causes of conflict in post-conflict transitional justice processes at local and national levels. It provides users with the tools they need to conduct reliable and comprehensive research into the economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) violations that contributed to and occurred during conflict and help them to work alongside and between local communities and national governments to make informed decisions about what transitional justice mechanisms might provide the most appropriate redress for those violations. This toolkit is available in English below, and also in Bahasa here: https://www.sitesofconscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/ESCR-Assessment-Toolkit-Bahasa-Indonesia.pdf