IHJR in Brief
The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is a non-governmental organization seated in The Hague, the World Capital of International Justice. IHJR is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of academia and advocacy. Since its inception in 2004, IHJR has been committed to promoting reconciliation, tolerance, and understanding in historically divided societies. To this end, IHJR uses the innovative and effective methodology of shared narratives to engage key local stakeholders in dealing with their past. The organization consists of a devoted group of full-time staff and interns who work passionately to further the Institute’s mission.
IHJR seeks to promote reconciliation, tolerance and understanding in divided societies, thus contributing to laying the groundwork for stable peace and a harmoniously functioning society.
To construct a common understanding of a conflictual past by dispelling public myths surrounding disputed historical legacies.
Theory of Change
To best achieve this mission the IHJR has developed a ‘Theory of Change’ containing seven steps.
1st step: Historians and experts from antagonistic communities come together to discuss and construct a shared historical narrative.
2nd step: Historians and experts from antagonistic communities have an informed interpretation of a conflict.
3rd step: Historians and experts produce information that shows the shared historical narrative from all sides of the conflict.
4th step: Local actors disseminate at the national level the information produced about the shared narrative in order to create an understanding of the other at the level of the society.
5th step: Existing networks of engaged citizens from academia, civil society and the media use IHJR’s work to confront and prevent the misuse of disputed historical legacies.
6th step: Local, regional and national governments translate IHJR’s work into policies.
7th step: Reconciliation policies are implemented by local, regional and national governments and support reconciliation among groups from antagonistic communities
The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in The Hague.