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A prosperous and just society where human rights are equally respected and enjoyed by all
To promote a sustainable human rights
culture in Malawi and the SADC region by working with Civil Society Organizations and other institutions through capacity building, resource provision, networking and research
As we perform our work, we fully understand
our niche in the field of human rights. In doing this, we are guided by a set of clear values
that define our perspective to the world
and the challenge before us.
We understand that poverty is not someone else’s problem. It is ours because we feel it as
a-human rights focused organization. As such, we stand in partnership with poor and marginalized people in and outside Malawi to support them in achieving their rights and challenging unfair systems and structures which are the root cause of poverty.
We fully respect every person’s inherent
dignity and right to justice. This calls upon us
to ensure fairness and equity in everything
that we do. At the heart of our work are
virtues of fairness, sustainability and justice.
We consider oppression as an outrage and we believe people can eradicate it if shown the way of rights. We therefore act with commitment, boldness and conviction to see that oppression is eradicated by mobilizing CSOs to campaign and act against it, knowing that every step, however small, helps to achieve lasting change.
We consider integrity as a key ingredient towards achieving increased change in the lives of our people. We therefore advocate only what we believe and do because we believe this posture provides a platform of integrity which is vital for attracting adherents to our agenda. We have fully embraced a culture of accountability and transparency which has enabled us to achieve effective use of our resources.
We have embraced the Results Based Approach (RBA) and the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) in our programming with a view to ensure increased responsiveness of
our programs and projects. Through the two approaches, we have achieved improvements
in our designing, targeting and delivery on
Who are we?
The Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) is a local Non- Governmental, not for profit organization registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act and administered by a Board of Trustees.
We were established to build capacity in the field of human rights through:
1. Promoting education and skills training in human rights with a focus on human rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), institutions and individuals;
2. Managing grants made available to human rights NGOs and CBOs from donors within and outside Malawi;
3. Raising and acquiring funds from any legitimate source and disburse the same in furtherance of its objectives;
4. Supporting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in civic education in democracy and human rights;
5. Promoting legal reform for laws which have a bearing on enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
6. Carrying out research in the field of human rights with the ultimate aim of informing and influencing policy change, human rights advocacy and human rights projects;
7. Promoting liaison between NGOs and cooperating partners;
8. Supporting human rights projects and programs with a view of fostering a culture of respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms in Malawi; and,
9. Carrying out such other activities as are ancillary or incidental to any or all of the above activities.
Where are we coming from?
We were established in September 1997 with the overall objective of promoting and strengthening the culture of human rights in Malawi. We work with civil society organizations to effectively support the developing democracy which was adopted in Malawi in 1993.
We contribute towards the consolidation of channels of free expression and other rights for the citizens by working with and building the capacity of CSOs working in the area of human rights.
This is being done against a background and realization that prior to 1993, the year the country embraced multiparty democracy, NGOs and CSOs promoting human rights never existed and freedom of expression and other rights were severely curtailed.
Thus, almost all human rights NGOs and other CSOs continue to need capacity and resource support as they are still in their early stages of development, having only come into being after 1993. This includes those NGOs which may have graduated into fully fledged organizations but still require scaled up support at their current levels of operation.
Among other things, we have acquired experience and reputation in project grant disbursement and management. Since 1996, MHRRC has disbursed a total of more than 130 project grants.
Through such grants, we have supported the development of a large number of CSOs in Malawi, some of which have graduated and now classified as CSOs capable of mobilizing and effectively managing resources from donor partners. We enjoy a strong reputation and goodwill in the CSO community as an excellent development partner.
Through these partnerships, we have promoted effective human rights programming and advocacy. We believe that the observance of human rights will in turn promote respect for human dignity, equality and ultimately bring about prosperity for the Malawi nation.
We are a unique organization
We are a very unique organization in so many ways which has made us occupy a strategic position at national level as we engage with government, donor partners, state institutions and fellow CSOs in the Malawi:
1. We remain the dominant organization engaged in grant making in support of the important work of human rights organizations in Malawi at a time democracy needs to be consolidated. This is evident in the fact that we started with other players in the field of grant making but many of them have fallen off even as new ones have come on board;
2. We remain the dominant organization in provision of capacity building support to CSOs engaged in human rights work. Some of the CSOs we supported have now grown into sustainable entities capable of self-managing and self-resourcing;
3. We are a leading knowledge centre for human rights organizations in the country with potential to champion sharing and learning to guide human rights programming in Malawi and the SADC region
4. We have sustained our capacity building efforts towards key public sector institutions such as the Police and the Military which are often not targeted by many CSOs and yet remain in need;
5. We have sustained our support to and relationship with CBOs over many years as part of our strategy to enhance potential for impact at community level. NGOs have however remained our reliable partners especially in advocacy and lobbying work;
6. We have maintained our focus in capacity building, our original strategic direction which was and is still well premised considering the needs prevalent on the ground. We have done this even as other organizations keep changing their areas of focus just to access funding.
STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE MALAWI HUMAN RIGHTS RESOURCE CENTRE — MHRRC 2013 – 2017
MHRRC Contact Details
Resource Centre : Library
Colby Road Area 3,
· MHRRC has produced and published a series of Publications on Gender and HIV and AIDS including training manuals.
· MHRRC in collaboration with the Malawi Judiciary and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) have produced a book entitled: An Analysis of the Human Rights Chapter under the Malawi Constitution in an International Perspective. The book, which will be launched soon, comes with an Accompanying CD Rom which contains thousands of text and materials (including Court cases and international decisions on human rights).
· MHRRC is currently finalizing a Human Rights Training Manual and a Human Rights Source Book for the Malawi Police. This project is being implemented in collaboration with the Malawi Police Service.
· MHRRC has produced and published a Source Book and Teachers Guide on Child Rights for use by stakeholders;
· MHRRC is currently finalizing a Human Rights Monitoring Manual for NGOs.
MHRRC has also been producing and publishing the following regular periodicals - Hope Magazine (on human rights) ARISE Newsletter (on Gender Based Violence - GBV) and Breaking the Silence (and the Chichewa translation - Ululani) - a cartoon strip on GBV.
MHRRC Resource Centre (Library — Area 3 Lilongwe)
Campaign (2014) of Men Against Gender Based Violence