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Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund Becomes Independent Public Charity

With this new status, ATJLF will be able to support more transitional justice projects across Africa.

The Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), a charity organisation that funds civil society and media organisations in West Africa, has become an independent charity organisation.

The organisation disclosed this in a statement released on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

Originally a three year project, the ATJLF has now received a public-charity equivalent status. With the new status, the organisation will continue to strengthen its efforts in fostering transitional justice across the African sub-region.

As part of its charity efforts, the ATJLF has two complementary programme focus areas: while the first one aims to to rebuild communities and promote survivor agency in post-conflict environments, the second (and latest) area focuses on reparative justice and racial healing.


To rebuild communities and promote survivor agency in post-conflict environments, the ATJLF sponsors transitional justice responses to mass atrocities, and the implementation of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy in Africa, beginning with seven West African countries — Liberia, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire and Northeast Nigeria.

ATJLF currently supports “42 organisations across the focus countries.”

With its newest program which focuses on reparative justice and racial healing, ATJLF will build on existing efforts across the continent and support the relevant AU organs working on reparative justice.

“This transformation from a project to an independent entity will enable us to engage more securely in supporting transformative and impactful justice related issues in Africa. 

“It also offers an opportunity for us to explore for more funding opportunities to support TJ and related efforts on the continent,” Makmid Kamara, Director of ATJLF said.

As part of its new status, ATJLF has reconstituted its seven-member Advisory Committee (AC) by adding three new members. 

The new advisory committee members include John Ikubaje, Sarah Kihika Kasande, and Fatou Jagne Senghore. 

According to ATJLF, the three members will serve an initial term of three years. They join the other permanent AC members who are representatives of the two funding foundations. The advisory committee makes the grant decisions for the organisation.

 


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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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