n Conflict Trends - An evaluation of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's Ex-combatant Policy Dialogue Project

Volume 2009, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's (CSVR) Transitional Justice Programme was established in 1994 to engage with various issues related to the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in South Africa. Since then, the programme has evolved to include ex-combatants. Ex-combatants here are defined as the non-statutory fighters of South Africa's past violent conflict, who are not currently part of the statutory safety and security agencies. In the post-apartheid era, the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programme that was instituted in the aftermath of apartheid has had limited success, resulting in a concern that this could lead to political instability and violence. Motivated by this concern, the CSVR initiated an Ex-combatants Policy Dialogue Project, aimed at informing policy alternatives that would address and meet the needs of ex-combatants better.

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