Direct Engagement: International Programmes


Our international programme activities started in the early 1990s.

Since then, this area of our work has expanded considerably and we have to date had such cooperation on all continents.

We have also, due to the expansion of activities, established presences in countries and regions of operation to increase the effectiveness of the work. Today, we have such presences in Jakarta, (Indonesia); Phnom Penh (Cambodia); Amman, (Jordan); Istanbul (Turkey); Nairobi (Kenya); and Harare (Zimbabwe). Around 50 staff members are directly engaged in our international programmes.

The main donor for the Institute’s international programmes is Swedish Development Cooperation, but funding support is also provided by other institutions and organisations.

What we do

In our international programmes, we directly cooperate with individuals, institutions, organisations, companies and networks to strengthen their capacities 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 standards to work in practice.

We are currently engaged in cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Europe 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.

A Systematic Approach

We see lasting human rights change as a long-term process, requiring a systematic and persistent approach built on trust and cooperation, and the process 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 international programmes often involve working with and support:

  • policy-oriented research, developing individual and institutional research capacity in the area of human rights, promoting new research opportunities, exchange and networking
  • human rights education, supporting the development of capacity with individuals, institutions and organisations to plan, implement and deliver human rights education and contribute to its institutionalisation.
  • bringing together different actors, like policy-makers, experts, and civil society, for networking, exchange and solution-oriented dialogue to advance human rights

In addition, we provide advice and support regarding, for example, development of policy and legislation, strategic planning, and development of human rights resources.

We seek to assist 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.

Johannes Eile

Johannes Eile

Director of Programmes

Phone: + 46 46 222 12 26

Johannes holds a Master of Laws from Lund University, with specialisation in public international law and human rights. He has been working for RWI since 2000 in various capacities at the Department of International Programmes. Johannes has experience of work in primarily Sub-Saharan African countries, but also from countries in the Middle East, Southern Caucasus and South/South East Asia. He has coordinated methodology development work concerning e.g. RBM and development of large scale programme proposals, programme interventions and tenders.