The Raoul Wallenberg Institute cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa began in 1991 and since then broad cooperation has been maintained bilaterally in several countries and regionally/sub-regionally, through primarily human rights capacity development programmes for justice and security sector institutions, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), and academic institutions. In addition, extensive scholarship study opportunities at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute have been provided to African professionals.
Within its current regional programme in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Institute aims to support the development of regional academic centres and institutions of excellence for building capacities in promoting human rights, peace and security, through education, policy research, harmonisation of laws and standards and resources development. Key partnerships include the Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance, Africa University (Zimbabwe) and the Centre of Studies on Regional Integration and SADC Law, Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique).
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute also works to enhance the capacity, and in doing so the role of, NHRIs and their regional cooperation mechanisms to effectively fulfil their mandates in promoting and protecting human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa through close cooperation with the Secretariat of the Network of African Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI).
Through cooperation with the East African Court of Justice, and other African regional judicial bodies, the Institute seeks to improve access to justice for East African citizens through the services of an effective regional court. In partnership with the Kenyan CSO Africa Youth Trust, the Institute works to strengthen human rights of women and peace building in East Africa to enhance regional approaches for addressing gender in peace and security initiatives.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute regional programme in Sub-Saharan Africa is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
For more information on the Institute’s cooperation regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa, please contact:
For more information on the Institute’s cooperation with NHRIs regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa, please contact: