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"Learning to Live with Difference" Project

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $66,365
  • Grant Period June 1, 2002–May 31, 2004
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus Western Cape, Province of the

About this grant

While South Africa’s transition to democracy has been highly successful, there are still many racial, ethnic, religious and cultural tensions with the potential to undermine the development of a nonracial democratic society. The Western Cape, in particular, has experienced increasing racial, ethnic and religious tensions since the events of September 11 due to the strong presence of a Muslim community in the region.Multiyear funding will support the project, "Learning to Live with Difference," through activities that include research; a national conference; seminars and debates; and the production of teaching resources to address identity-based and generated anger. The goal of the project is to encourage dialogue among people who come from different historical experiences and are inclined to resort to violence to defend their particular racial, religious or cultural identity. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation was founded by former members of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Its mission is to promote justice and reconciliation through relevant research and actions that focus on transformation, comparative transitional politics, public information and debate.