This project will produce the field’s most comprehensive dataset of the funding of transitional justice (TJ), understood as the variety of measures that societies employ to address histories of gross human rights violations. Donors shape the form(s) of TJ that materialise in societies that have experienced periods of mass violence and repression. Levels of funding also influence the type of justice that can be pursued after conflict or atrocity, and the quality of TJ mechanisms. The project will generate a systematic comparative study of donor support for transitional justice as well as more extended case studies of the impact of TJ funding in Colombia, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Data gathered in this project will enable scholars and practitioners to more accurately evaluate levels and types of TJ spending. It will inform debates about the priorities of donors, including around gender programming in TJ, and the role of international actors in TJ processes. In addition, the data will enable donors to benchmark and evaluate their spending, and civil society groups and governments in recipient countries to target funders.
Dr Kirsten Ainley, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Rory O’Connell, Ulster University
Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, University of Arkansas
Claire Wilmot, London School of Economics and Political Science
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