About Us

History of the Organisation

The In Transformation Initiative was established in 2013 by four veterans of the South African transition to democracy. Our founding Directors played key roles in the strategy, discussions, and negotiations that ended apartheid and transformed South Africa into an international model of peace and hope.

Their direct involvement in this process, and the lessons learned from this experience, enabled each individual to develop a unique set of skills that are valued around the globe. Each of our four Directors now has more than 20 years of experience in conflict resolution, democracy building, and political transition.

The In Transformation Initiative team has been called upon by governments, international organisations, and individuals throughout the world to support and advise the creation of peaceful and lasting solutions. Over the years, we have assisted in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Cyprus, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Spain (in the Basque region), Bahrain, and India (on the Naga question), to name but a few.

We also continue to engage academics and political actors in South Africa and beyond to advance the cause of democracy and to help build inclusive and cohesive societies.

Partners

Berghof Foundation |

The Berghof Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting conflict stakeholders and actors in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace through peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

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Beyond Conflict |

At Beyond Conflict, we focus on working with countries in transition from conflict to peace. We work directly with leaders in these countries, helping them create the conditions for dialogue and envision peace and reconciliation.

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Cause Way Institute |

Our mission is to build peace through active and collaborative engagement in resolving conflict in the communities we serve. We believe in the abiding peace-building and conflict resolution principles of democracy, consent, ‘an inclusive negotiation process’ and ‘a non-violent approach’.

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Common Space |

The Common Space Initiative is an independent and inclusive initiative supporting a dynamic of dialogue and consensus building that is based on shared knowledge, and that aims at reaching common understanding around key national issues. By focusing on shared national interests through the creation of safety net spaces, permanent dialogue forums, and joint knowledge creation, our ultimate aim is to promote common values, cooperation and solidarity among Lebanon’s different communities.

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Democracy Progress Institute |

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is an independent non-governmental organisation, which was established in consultation with a group of international experts in the areas of conflict resolution and democratic advancement. The Institute seeks to provide expertise, combining research and practicable approaches to broaden bases for wider public involvement in promoting peace and democracy building.

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Foundation for a safe South Africa |

Foundation for a Safe South Africa (FSSA) aims to create a safer South Africa by investing pro-actively in disadvantaged youths. The Youthzones flagship programme operates in 45 geographic locations and covers all South African provinces as well as Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Under the guidance of Project Leaders Doctor Mabila and Schalk van Heerden FSSA also plays a leading role in promoting cultural diversity and capacity building for community engagement.

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Gordon Insititute of Business Science |

GIBS is an internationally accredited business school based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub, which is a great place that has significant impact on your life, on your career and on your working life – whether you are an individual doing a programme, or an executive in a company.

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Institute for Justice and Reconciliation |

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the aftermath of South Africa´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions.

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Inter-Mediate |

Inter-Mediate was established by Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff and the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997-2007, and Martin Griffiths, founder and former director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva.

Inter-Mediate focuses on the most difficult, complex and dangerous conflicts where other organisations are unable to operate.

Inter-Mediate brings together some of the world’s leading experts on dialogue and negotiation, who operate as a small and flexible team that fills a vital gap in the conflict resolution landscape. Through the facilitation of negotiation, Inter-Mediate hopes to contribute towards a sustainable end to conflict.

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International Institute for Sustained Dialogue |

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD), promotes the process of Sustained Dialogue® (SD) for transforming racial, ethnic, and other deep-rooted conflicts in the U.S. and abroad. IISD builds capacity toward more inclusive and engaged diverse campuses, organizations, and communities. This approach towards transforming relationship and improving communities focuses on the individual, organizational, and systemic levels.

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Nordic International Support Foundation |

NIS’ field presence, together with our extensive network of experienced senior practitioners, analysts, and local contacts, allow for accurate, detailed, and nuanced analyses of local political and social developments in the complex environments in which we operate.

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