Year in Review 2020: Meet our People

gerard quinnHighlights from 2020 

RWI Professor Joins the United Nations as Special Rapporteur

This year Gerard Quinn, our affiliated Professor and the previous Raoul Wallenberg Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Hanna Johnsson: New Position, New MEAL System 

MEAL stands for ‘monitoring evaluation accountability and learning’. A MEAL officer tracks progress, assesses results, and suggests changes.

A MEAL advisor can contribute to fostering change and helping the organisation develop and learn. At RWI, Hanna Johnsson, is the new MEAL officer in place since mid-2020.


RWI Africa Programmes: Our New Director Shares Highlights

2020 was an interesting year full of both challenges and accomplishments for all of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s programmes and programme offices. We talked to our new Director of the RWI Nairobi Office, Rakel Larsen, to learn about her journey coming to the RWI, and to gain some insights into what 2020 was like for the Regional Africa Programme (RAP), the Kenya Programme, and the Ethiopia Programme.

RWI Cambodia: A New Director Takes the Lead

Our work in Cambodia focuses on the young generation; future leaders and decision-makers in companies, politics, and in administration. To reach this group, we collaborate closely with universities, research centres, and judicial training academies.


External Assessments: What We Achieved in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Turkey

In 2020, external evaluations* of three RWI programmes in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Turkey were completed. The common findings were that all three programmes were very relevant in relation to their contexts and needs. Also, all of the programmes were considered to have achieved expected results at different levels. According to the evaluators, these are some of the reasons that RWI is being referred to as a “trustful, professional, respected, and highly appreciated partner.”

Achievements & Result Highlights 2020

Belarus in Review: Summarising Ten Years of Activities

In Belarus, the regime silences and sanctions most human rights debates. Over the last 12 years, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute has aspired to engage individuals and communities on  human rights issues to enable positive change gradually through dialogue instead of isolation
and to transfer human rights knowledge across society in more accessible ways.

A Note from the Programme Director

2020 was a challenging year for RWI’s international programmes given the Covid-19 pandemic. The effects of the pandemic required measures to be taken to, in the first place, protect the health and safety of RWI staff, as well as of cooperation partners and beneficiaries, in relation to the implementation of RWI programmes.



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