Cooperation with National Human Rights Institutions

Network of African National Human Rights Institutions
Mr. Gilbert Sebihogo, NANHRI’s Executive Director, shaking hands with Rolf Ring, RWI’s Deputy Director, after signing a new agreement for cooperation.

Under the guidance of the Institute’s visiting professor, Brian Burdekin AO (former UN Special Adviser on NHRIs), the Institute’s programmes are designed to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs to fulfil their mandates to promote, monitor and protect human rights.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s unique model of the NHRI capacity building pyramid focuses on all facets of the institution, starting from a base level of ensuring basic operational and human rights knowledge capacities all the way up to its functional capacities leading towards compliance with the Paris Principles.

Please slide the cursor over each segment of the pyramid for additional information.

  • Paris Principles

    The Principles Relating to the Status and Functioning of National Institutions are internationally recognised standards adopted by the UN General Assembly which set out the minimum requirements for national human rights institutions to be considered credible and to operate effectively. Full text of the Paris Principles

  • Functional Capacity

    • Capacity to Advise the Government
      • Provide advice and training to analyse legislation and provide comments
      • Provide advice and training to advise on national policies
    • Education and Promotion
      • Training staff, creating capacity to promote and educate on human rights
      • Training of trainers
    • Investigations and Monitoring
      • Training on National Inquiries
      • Creating effective complaint handling systems
    • Interaction with Judiciary
      • Including representatives of judiciary in trainings for NHRI’s staff.
      • Training on interaction between NHRI and judiciary for the NHRI’s staff.
    • Cooperation with other National and International Organisations
      • Including representatives of regional and international organisations in NHRI’s trainings
      • Thematic workshops on interaction between NHRI and international and regional actors
  • Human Rights Capacity

    • Ensuring Basic Level of Human Rights Knowledge throughout the entire NHRI
    • Assessing Needs and Training on Specific Human Rights Issues
      • Training in blended learning format
      • Including different stakeholders (civil society, police, judiciary, etc.), where possible
    • Training and Accreditation of Trainers
      • Building internal capacity of staff to train staff (internal staff development plans)
  • Operational Capacity

    • Sound Organisational Structure and Management Capacities
      • Advice/training on management strategies
      • Establishing management structure and arrangements
    • Information Technologies (IT) and Knowledge Management Capacities
      • Assistance in development of Websites, documentation centres
      • Training on information research techniques, media strategies, etc.
      • Training on modern library management
    • Strategic Planning Systems
    • Human Resource and Knowledge Management Capacities
      • Advice on staff performance, management and retention policies
    • Financial Management Capacities
      • Training on strategies to deal with financial constraints and establishing financial management policies

Read more about where the Institute works with National Human Rights Institutions

For more information generally about the Institute’s cooperation with NHRIs, please contact:

Jason Naum

Jason Naum

Deputy Director of Programmes

Phone: +46 (0) 46 222 1237

Jason Naum is an international development and nonprofit organization management expert with over 20 years of experience successfully leading and strengthening the capacity of nonprofits, academic institutions, and independent state actors with a human rights mandate around the world. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, thought leadership, global philanthropy, human rights programming, capacity building, grant management and evaluation strategies for mission driven nonprofits.

Prior to RWI, Jason was the Managing Director of the Botstiber Institute, the Founding Chairman and Executive Director of LAB (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on increasing opportunities for Philadelphia’s economically disadvantaged youth), as well as the Head of the National Human Rights Institutions Unit at RWI. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Lund University with a specialization in international human rights and humanitarian law.

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