We have worked in Africa since the early 1990s, with numerous regional, sub-regional and bilateral cooperation programmes. We currently work with a range of different partners to promote human rights and good governance.
Currently in the region, we operate bilateral cooperation programmes in Kenya, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, and are in the Inception Phase of a major Regional Africa Programme. We maintain a Regional Office in Nairobi to help ensure the effective operation of programmes, explore new partnership opportunities and contribute to the discussion on human rights in Africa.
Regional Africa Programme
We work to realise a demonstrable improvement in access to justice for all and implementation of human rights commitments in Africa, an objective 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.
Our programme in Kenya involves cooperation to strengthen human rights capacity within the Kenyan Correctional Services, as well as support for the strengthening of human rights perspectives in the coordination between actors in the administration of justice.
In Ethiopia, we are cooperating with the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at Addis Ababa University to strengthen the capacity of the Centre to carry out its mission, including its three main functions of human rights education, research and outreach.
In March 2019, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) entered into an agreement with the Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe on a cooperation programme entitled Zimbabwe Human Rights Capacity Development Programme for the period 2019-2021. The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to enhanced enjoyment of constitutional rights in Zimbabwe, through legislation, policies, practices and decision-making being increasingly informed by international human rights standards and principles.