Our Strategic Plan 2017-2021

At Impunity Watch, we believe that transitional justice practices will have greater impact if they become more innovative and that, more importantly, it is imperative to embrace politically-informed methodologies that are deeply rooted in contextual specifics and that enable the most marginalised to participate in justice processes.

Our Programme Priorities

We have therefore adopted three programme priorities for the period of 2017-2021:


  1. Increased and more meaningful victim participation in transitional justice processes: Ensure that victims of serious violations of human rights and historic injustices meaningfully influence or participate in the design and implementation of justice measures and policies, and also participate in relevant informal initiatives.

  2. Transitional justice policies and processes are politically-informed: Ensure that transitional justice policies are locally driven, context-specific, and developed through participatory and bottom-up processes. We encourage civil society to develop such strategies by relying on their creativity and capacity to innovate.  

  3. Transitional justice strategies and policies are gender transformative and seek to address pre-existing gender-based power relations and hierarchies. Engage researchers and practitioners to examine the connection between hegemonic masculinities and past and ongoing abuse, violence, and exclusion, demonstrating that alternative expressions of masculinity or gender can help foster just and peaceful societies in post-conflict periods.

Our Operational Priorities

We are poised to enhance our capacity and expand our knowledge base. Based on our own experience, partner feedback, and our programme priorities, we have adopted four key operational priorities for the period of 2017-2021:


  1. Enhance the impact of our communications and outreach as well as amplifying voices of vulnerable communities; more effectively disseminating our research findings; and increasing our persuasive power with policymakers;

  2. Improve our learning by introducing lively, timely, and thoughtful design, monitoring and evaluation practices;

  3. Take first steps to build a more flexible and diverse funding base that is well-aligned with our programme goals; and

  4. Scale other operational areas appropriately, including by recruiting board members with new skills and networks to our governance and advisory mechanisms.  




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