The Raoul Wallenberg Institute implements extensive international programmes aimed at advancing the practical application of human rights and humanitarian law. The programmes primarily target state agencies in the field of administration of justice, academic institutions and national human rights institutions in developing countries and in countries in transition. The programmes are in most cases long-term commitments implemented over several years, both in terms of financial support and programme development. They include building and developing knowledge, skills and tools aimed at strengthening institutional capacity to promote, respect, protect and fulfil human rights in line with states’ international commitments.
The international system for human rights provides the platform for the activities, which are implemented on regional as well as on bilateral level. Education and training, curricula development, literature support, opportunities for networking and exchange, support to the establishment of resource centres and advice in management and organisational matters are all important components generally of the programmes.
The Institute is carrying out international programme activities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. In addition to the activities carried out from the Institute’s head office in Lund programmes are also implemented from the Institute’s offices abroad, which are based in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Jakarta and Nairobi. The programmes are results- and request-based, and as such developed and implemented in close cooperation with local partners. Find out more where the Raoul Wallenberg Institute works.
The activities of the Institute do not involve official reporting on state performance, monitoring of state compliance or other methods of work in the human rights field that could be considered confrontational in character.
Based on our added value and comparative strengths, our international programmes prioritise cooperation with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Academic Institutions, and Institutions in the field of Administration of Justice. These core work areas seek to ensure a strategically focused approach in the Institutes’ international programmes. In addition to programmes and initiatives in these prioritised areas, provision is made for undertaking other strategic initiatives due to which the Institute can contribute the most to advancing the practical application of human rights and humanitarian law. Read more about the Institute´s work in cooperation with NHRIs, Academic Institutions, and Institutions in the field of Administration of Justice.
During the 20 years that the Institute so far has been implementing international programmes there have been many positive and sustainable results achieved. Find out more about our results.
Financial support for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s international programmes is provided by several donor and funding agencies among which the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is the main contributor.
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