Research in support of human rights activities
Examples include Malawi Human Rights Needs Assessment Survey (1999) and Violence and Social Injustice Against Women in the Workplace (1999); Baseline Survey on Gender Based Violence, HIV and AIDS and other related issues in the Kanengo area of Lilongwe.
Research identified by NGOs but funded by MHRRC:
Examples include Factors Affecting Freedom of Expression in Malawi (Media Council, 2001) and A Survey Analysis of the Juvenile Justice Situation in Approved and Reformatory Centre in Malawi (CEYCA 2000)
Research commissioned by donor partners and carried out by MHRRC jointly with others:
Examples include Human Rights Needs Assessment Study (Commissioned by DFID and carried out jointly with the UK based International Organization Development- IOD); Various studies Commissioned by DFID for the design and implementation of the MaSSAJ Programme carried out jointly with such institutions as The Institution for Security Studies, ISS- Pretoria, RSA- University of Cape Town); An Analysis of the Poverty and Human Rights Situation in Malawi (2002, Commissioned by Dan Church Aid- DCA and carried out by MHRRC); Mapping out of Case Handling Institutions in Malawi (2000, Commissioned by the then Danish Centre for Human Rights (DCHR), Denmark and carried out by MHRRC)
Study Tour Grants
Internships and professional attachments
Research in support of human rights activities
Coordination of National Networks:
Participation in Networks:
Training and counseling in human rights and gender and internships
(i) Training and Counseling
Since 1997, MHRRC has activity engaged in providing capacity building support to partner CSOs through training and counseling. MHRRC has provided advise and counseling to complement all the areas that it has provided training and grant funding. Advice and Counseling has proved successful largely because it has the advantage of a one-to-one couching which imparts knowledge and skills in a work situation and therefore facilitates learning and development. Since 1997, MHRRC has delivered over 50 training session with complementary advise and counseling and has built capacity of partner CSOs in such areas as human rights (including the Human Rights Based Approach to programming, project proposal development, project management, finance and budgeting, research skills and methodologies, human rights monitoring, advocacy and lobbying.
(ii) Internships and professional attachments
At the same time, MHRRC has benefited from the attachment of Professional Volunteers from overseas. Since 1997, MHRRC has had the placement of three (3) professionals from Canada through the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and four Human Rights Officers from Denmark through the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). Such professional attachments have added value to the work of the Centre by bringing about a cross-fertilization of ideas and international and regional focus to human rights work.
Facilitating networking among human rights NGOs
(i) Coordination of National Networks:
· MHRRC has a newly appointed Human Rights Commissioner
· MHRRC is currently Chairing the NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN)
· MHRRC is coordinator for Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN) - Malawi Chapter
· 1996 - 2001, MHRRC has been coordinating the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) - a local Network of human rights NGOs.
· Between 1999 and 2007, MHRRC coordinated the Network Against Gender-Based Violence funded by GIZ and DFID.
· Between 2000 and 2004, MHRRC coordinated and provided secretarial support to the National Forum of Case Handling Institutions- a grouping of over fifteen (15) governance institutions which was being funded by Danida through DIHR.
· Between 2001 and 2005, MHRRC coordinated and provided technical and capacity building support to the Lilongwe Juvenile Justice Forum which was being funded by Danida through DIHR
(ii) Participation in Networks:
· MHRRC is a founding member of the African Judicial Network (AJN) - a grouping of close to 20 African countries from the Anglophone and the Francophone regions of Africa.
· MHRRC is the national Coordinator of the regional CIVICUS’s (World Alliance for Citizen Participation) Civil Society Index Network- an innovative action-research project that assess the state of civil society in countries around the world with a view to creating a knowledge base and impetus for civil society strengthening initiatives.
· MHRRC is an active member of the Southern African Human Rights NGOs (SAHRINGON) Network.
· MHRRC is a member of the Men to Men Regional Initiative as well as the Regional Gender Based Violence Prevention Network
· MHRRC is a member of a SADC Region Human Rights Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting Network.
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