Hon Justice Harold Nsekela, former Judge President of the East African Court of Justice, makes a point at the RWI symposium on the importance of strengthening compliance with regional human rights decisions.
Note from the Director of the regional office in Nairobi

Josh Ounsted

Director of the regional office in Nairobi

+254 20 367 3017

Our Regional Africa Programme commenced on 1 July 2011 and ended on 28 February 2017, with RWI currently engaged in the preparation of a new Regional Africa Programme from 2017 until 2021.

The main objective of the Regional Africa Programme was to strengthen the capacities of key Programme stakeholders to promote human rights and good governance in Sub‐Saharan Africa, and thereby enhance their role and that of others (such as regional and sub‐regional institutions and mechanisms) to advance peace and security (including preventing, solving and managing conflicts) through regional cooperation. The Programme had four main Priority Areas:

• Cooperation with Strategic African Academic Institutions
• Cooperation with African National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and their regional cooperation mechanisms
• Cooperation with the East African Court of Justice and other regional judicial bodies
• Strengthening Human Rights of Women and Peace Building in East Africa

In addition, the Programme included a fifth priority area, Strategic Interventions, for which designated funds were used for purposes arising during the course of the implementation and in line with the main objective of the Programme.

An independent review of the Regional Africa Programme conducted in 2016 found that there had been significant achievements under all four priority areas, as well as in relation to Strategic Interventions carried out. It concluded that "the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, over the decades of engagement in eastern and southern Africa, has built an extensive knowledge and understanding of the human rights needs in the region and a solid reputation as a constructive international human rights organisation with an honest commitment to supporting local institutions and actors. This is an important added value on which the organisation can build its future strategies and engagement in the region."

We are accordingly now planning for a new Regional Africa Programme that draws upon findings and recommendations from the evaluation as well as key lessons learnt from earlier cooperation for enhanced results achievement. The new Programme will seek to capitalise on RWI’s perceived strategic and catalytical role to facilitate reform processes, contributing with expertise, experiences and coordination for strengthening capacity in the area of human rights in relation to cross-border challenges and to support increased regional integration.

The RWI Regional Africa Programme is managed by the RWI Regional Office in Nairobi and supported financially by Swedish Development Cooperation (Sida).

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