Regional Africa Programme

RWI Regional Africa Programme (2017-2023)
With funding from Swedish Development Cooperation (Sida), RWI is further expanding and developing its cooperation regionally in Africa. The overall objective of the Regional Africa Programme (2017-2023) is to secure a demonstrable improvement in access to justice for all and implementation of human rights commitments in Africa. This objective is framed by the premise that the key challenge for increased respect for human rights regionally is not primarily a lack of standards and institutions, but making existing standards and institutions work.

Core Principles:

  • Transparency through access to information for all stakeholders.
  • Participation of key programme partners for enhanced ownership.
  • Accountability for the effective implementation of human rights commitments.
  • Non-discrimination and (gender) equality in Programme processes and outcomes.
  • Knowledge production and dissemination towards regional discourse on human rights commitments.

Theory of Change:
If the human rights capacity of key regional institutions and related duty-bearers is strengthened, and the abilities of other key regional actors able to influence and follow-up the work of such institutions enhanced – with linkages to the national level and cooperation between these stakeholders being improved thus maximising synergies  – then development challenges, including of a cross-border nature, facing Africa can be dealt with more effectively, because human rights commitments in the region will be increasingly implemented, enhancing good governance and the rule of law.


  • Cooperation with key regional actors able to follow up and influence the implementation of human rights commitments in the region;
  • Direct cooperation with bodies of the African Union (AU), Regional Economic Communities, and related duty-bearers in the region, in the area of human rights; and
  • Continuous monitoring and evaluation of programme processes to ensure consistent learning for effective programme implementation.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Enhanced cooperation and usage of mechanisms to further access to justice and implementation of human rights commitments in Africa.
  • Targeted regional institutions and related duty bearers increasingly consider gender equality a core aspect in access to justice and human rights advancement.
  • Improved human rights performance of targeted bodies of the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and related duty bearers in the region.

Implementing partners:

  • Academic Network – generating research and resources, building capacity, and developing spaces for inter-sectoral dialogue.
  • African Court Coalition (ACC) – monitoring and strengthening implementation of decisions by the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and strengthening the complementary relationship between the Court and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
  • African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) – increasing the ability of regional, primarily Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) and national bodies and organisations, primarily police services, in East Africa to promote human rights compliant policing.
  • East Africa Law Society (EALS) – increasing understanding of the East African Court of Justice and strengthening implementation of its decisions.
  • Equality Now – developing knowledge and skills among targeted institutions in gender equality and increasing access to objective information on women’s human rights and means and mechanisms for their implementation.
  • Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) – enhancing the ability of National Human Rights Institutes to influence human rights developments and follow-up on human rights commitment.
  • Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) – strengthening implementation of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice decisions and supporting implementation of the 10-Year Human Rights Action Plan.

Direct cooperation partners

  • The African Union and its organs including the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Regional Economic Communities and their organs including the East African Court of Justice, EAC Department of Peace and Security, and ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

Chris Muthuri

Senior Programme Officer

Damaris Seina

Programme Officer

+254 20 367 3017

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