Sub-Saharan Africa

Overview

Since the early 1990s, RWI has maintained extensive cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

This has included cooperation programmes with institutions in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, as well as cooperation on the regional and sub-regional level. 

The cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa has primarily consisted of human rights capacity development programmes for justice and security sector institutions, national human rights institutions and, not least, academic institutions, while also including work in specialised areas with other actors, including civil society. 

In addition, extensive scholarship study opportunities at RWI have been provided to African professionals, primarily for participation in international training programmes and the Master in International Human Rights Law programme, carried out jointly by the Faculty of Law at Lund University and RWI. 

With presences in Nairobi (since 2002) and Harare (since 2019), we have over the years built extensive networks, knowledge and understanding in relation to human rights and human rights work in the region. 

Through our cooperation in the region, several human rights education programmes and courses have been established, partner institutions have adopted new ways of working increasing compliance with international human rights standards and the resource base of human rights professionals in the region has greatly expanded. 

Currently, we are engaged in cooperation programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe, as well as in a regional Sub-Saharan Africa programme. The programmes are financially supported by Swedish development cooperation. 

Since the early 1990s, we have maintained extensive cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa, including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, as well as cooperation on the regional and sub-regional level.

The cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa has primarily consisted of human rights capacity development programmes for justice and security sector institutions, national human rights institutions and, not least, academic institutions, while also including work in specialised areas with other actors, including civil society.

We currently have presences in Nairobi (since 2002) and Harare (since 2019), and are engaged in cooperation programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe, as well as in a regional Sub-Saharan Africa programme. The programmes are financially supported by Swedish development cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Andreas Ljungholm

Andreas Ljungholm

Deputy Director of Programmes

E-mail: andreas.ljungholm@rwi.lu.se

Andreas holds both a Swedish LL.M and a Master in International Human Rights Law from Lund University. He has almost 20 years of experience working with human rights and has for more than half of that time been based at different duty stations abroad.

He joined RWI in 2003 having previously worked for the Human Rights Chamber of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo and OHCHR in Geneva. He has extensive experience working with human rights both within a development cooperation context and from an international court setting.

In 2005, he established RWI’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia and stayed as office director until 2007. Between 2007 and 2013 he was Head of RWI’s Asia Unit coordinating and developing the institute’s work in the region. In 2013, he established a RWI office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and stayed there as office director for almost five years. In 2018 he took up the position as Team Leader for Fair and Efficient Justice at the Institute’s headquarter in Lund, Sweden.