The School is delighted to announce receipt of a grant of $75,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for researchers in the Department of International Development. The award from the Foundation's Program on Human Rights and International Justice will enable researchers from the Civil Society and Human Security Unit to establish a dialogue between Kenyan, Ugandan and Balkan activists on civil society’s interactions with international and transitional justice institutions.
The team, led by Global Security Research Fellow Iavor Rangelov, are working on the premise that in conflict-affected states, justice and accountability for serious human rights abuses are now seen as preconditions for establishing legitimate governance and human security – and yet, transitional justice is often discussed and pursued in a top-down manner at a significant distance from affected individuals and communities.
The dialogue forms part of a two year project, which commenced in summer 2013 and will include a two day international conference in Nairobi in summer 2014. It will enable direct engagement and knowledge exchange between civil society actors from the African Great Lakes and the Balkans and between activists from Kenya and Uganda.
The Foundation is one of the largest independent foundations in the US and has generously supported a range of LSE research projects over the past 20 years.
“The synergies between research and activism have the potential to foster innovation in both domains,” said Iavor Rangelov. “The inter-regional civil society dialogue, which is at the heart of our project, is one way of unlocking that potential."