CSVR is an African based institution with over two decades of experience working on issues of peace- building, conflict transformation, psycho-social support, research and advocacy in an effort to build peaceful societies on the African continent. CSVR has conducted work in the area of justice, accountability, truth and guarantees of Non-Recurrence (transitional justice) for the past two decades, both in South Africa and other parts of the African continent.
CSVR has six key areas of work, which are cross-cutting: research, social mobilisation, advocacy, psychosocial and learning, monitoring & evaluation and gender. The work is primarily carried out at three levels – local or community, national and regional. At these three levels emphasis is placed on building resilience within communities and providing psychosocial support in response to various trauma from violence, influencing policy through data gathered from community work and research, building networks and creating partnerships with other civil society organisations and sharing knowledge, technical expertise and other information as research outputs and other publications.