A Note From the Director of Programmes
We directly engage with individuals, governments, international organisations, National Human Rights Institutions, justice sector institutions, academic institutions, and companies to advance the practical application of human rights.
We work to provide solutions and tools to deal with real human rights problems in every-day life based on thorough knowledge about international human rights standards and an in-depth understanding of the situation on the ground for the standards to work in practice.
We are currently engaged in cooperation in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe with convening power covering more than 40 countries in the world.
We work in close cooperation with partners based on long-term commitments and the circumstances in each context.
How We Work
We see lasting human rights change as a long-term process, requiring a systematic and persistent approach built on trust and cooperation, and itself characterised by respect for human rights.
We constructively engage with individuals, groups, institutions and organisations to maintain and strengthen abilities to define and achieve mutual human rights objectives.
We work with human rights change in relation to individual knowledge, skills and attitudes as well as systems and structures.
Our direct engagement often involves working with and supporting:
• policy-oriented research, promoting new research opportunities, exchange and networking
• human rights education
• bringing together different actors, like policy-makers, experts, and civil society, for solution-oriented dialogue to advance human rights
In addition, we provide advice and other support regarding, for example, development of policy and legislation, strategic planning and development of human rights resources. We work to introduce sustainable working methods, procedures and tools for the promotion and protection of human rights.
We are not a funding organisation, but an implementing partner contributing with expertise based on our added value in the given context.
Where We Work
Since 1984, our work has involved more than 100 countries seeking to contribute to the development of just and inclusive societies with effective realisation of human rights for all. The work today is carried out from our eight offices in Amman, Beijing, Lund, Istanbul, Jakarta, Nairobi, Phnom Penh and Stockholm. Read more about our work in:
Based on Raoul Wallenberg’s deeds, we know one person can make a difference, armed only with bravery and moral courage.
Since the early 1990s, more than 14,000 people have taken part in our human rights education activities, where the majority have pursued careers to promote and protect human rights.
We have directly engaged with more than 50 justice sector institutions and 20 National Human Rights Institutions around the world strengthening the delivery of and access to justice.
We have contributed to developing and strengthening more than 20 human rights programmes at prominent universities in Africa and Asia over the past 20 years.
And we have convened thousands of policy-makers, experts, and members of civil society from all the countries we have worked in advancing solutions to human rights problems through dialogue.
Financial support for our international programmes is provided by several donors and funding partners, among which Swedish Development Cooperation is the main contributor.