Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) 2016 Rising Reconciliation Shapers for Young South Africans

Application Deadline: September 19th 2016

Since 2000 the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) affords an annual Reconciliation Award to an individual, community or organisation in South Africa that has contributed towards social cohesion. Through this award, the IJR acknowledges and showcases the recipients’ approaches and strategies to enable reconciliation, whether they originate in the spheres of politics, media, business, culture, sport, academia or community service.

The IJR was founded on the values of South Africa’s 1996-1998 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the most exemplary of its time. With some of the most critical voices emerging from South Africa’s youth, the term reconciliation, as well as the TRC itself, has been extensively contested and challenged. In noting these developments, the IJR has launched a new category within the Reconciliation Award to celebrate the work of South Africa’s young leaders in shaping reconciliation and its relevance to current day challenges

With this year’s annual Reconciliation Award coinciding with the TRC’s 20 year commemoration, it is vital to present an award reflective of the changes and developments taking place in South Africa, as a country that finds itself at a critical juncture. Being a young democracy with large scale issues concerning poverty and unemployment being highlighted as injustices that continue to persist, this year’s award categories will focus on inequality and socio-economic justice.


  • 18 years or older
  • Area of focus on socio-economic justice and inequality
  • Minimum of 3 references/ testimonies of different types of people
  • Completed nomination form
  • Applicants can be involved as individuals in personal projects or working in the following organisations that are youth driven: NGOs, civil society organisations, public institution, academic institution, social movements, NPOs

Selection process

Nominees will be shortlisted, with the ten most exceptional individuals or youth organisations being acknowledged for their work and given the title of IJR’s Rising Shaper Representatives. One of the ten will be selected as the main award recipient with the winner title Rising Shaper 2016.

Nomination deadline

Monday, 19 September 2016.
Send all forms to: Faranaaz Vraagom  ( [email protected])

Download Nomination Form Here

Download Application Form Here

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IJR 2016 Rising Reconciliation Shapers 


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