1.3 – What is Transformative Reconciliation?

January 3rd, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

Even though there is a general agreement on the basic outlines of transformative reconciliation, those in the field have been unable to come to a consensus on its specific meaning. Below is one suggestion as a working definition of transformative reconciliation.

Transformative Reconciliation is an attitude and a way of looking at reconciliation that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by human rights violations.

When this is done using cooperative processes that include all stake holders, transformation is possible.

Transformative reconciliation requires at minimum, that we address victim’s harms and needs, hold offenders accountable to put right those harms, and involve victims, offenders, and communities in this process.

To View in depth deffinition of Transformative Reconciliation CLICK:Part 2 – Definition of Transformative Reconciliation