New And Emerging Areas Of Specialization For MHRRC

 has in the past ten years been specializing in new areas where its constituents and other stakeholders have demanded service. Here, we shall point only two areas:


1.1 Specialization in the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to designing and implementing Human Rights projects: In this regard, MHRRC has so far trained the following international and local organizations in HRBA: Malawi CARER and WLSA Malawi, Every Child, DFID Transform Programme staff, Oxfam, Care International, Concern Universal, Plan International, Norwegian Church Aid, and Tikondane Orphan Care.  


1.2    Specialization in Evaluations:


Evaluation of Oxfam’s SHSLP- having trained Oxfam and its partner NGOs (WLSA Malawi and Malawi Carer) in the Human Rights Based Approach to implementing the Shire Highlands Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (SHSLP) in Mulanje and Thyolo Districts, MHRRC was in 2003  invited to carry out an evaluation of the One-year Pilot Phase of the Programme- “integration of rights in the SHSLP?


Evaluation of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) programme


MHRRC has carried out an evaluation of PACs programme. This evaluation was designed and carried out with a purpose of feeding into the process of developing a Strategic Plan which PAC and its stakeholders will be engaged in shortly.



MHRRC is implementing a Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) project in Dowa and Chitipa districts targeting two TAs in each districts (TA Mponela and Chakhaza in Dowa and TA Kameme and Nthalire in Chitipa) with funding from UNFPA and EU.


The project has four Result Areas namely Result Area 1: Institutional capacity of the national “Gender Machinery’’ strengthened (defined as Civil Society, Public and Private Sector Actors working towards gender equality and equity);Result Area 2: Capacity for mainstreaming gender in National Aids Commission (NAC) and key priority sectors are enhanced; Result Area 3: Equality between women and men in society improved through economic, social and legal empowerment; and Result Area 4:  Socio-cultural practices impacting on the link between gender and HIV and AIDS including Gender Based Violence (GBV) better understood and utilized for behavioural change intervention in HIV and AIDS. Its primary beneficiaries include all the communities in the targeted TAs especially women and girls, the disadvantaged for example people with disabilities and those living with HIV and AIDS and orphans among others. At the secondary level, the project is targeting government departments particularly those in the programme priority sectors of Agriculture, Education, Health and Transport.


GEWE project is making positive contributions towards gender equality progress in Malawi. The project has the potential to build a fountain of gender responsiveness, linking ground realities faced by women and men, girls and boys in remote, poor communities. The implementation of the project started in June 2013 to April 2015. The project is funded by UNFPA.



The MHRRC with financial support from the Norwegian Embassy is implementing GBV phase II project “Community Mobilization on the twin pandemic of Gender Based Violence and HIV and AIDS - an Advocacy for Social Justice Programme” in 12 districts of Malawi. The project aims at reducing Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health problems affecting women and girls, men and boys in the programme impact areas.

This is a contribution to the overall long-term national goal of attaining increased gender equality where people treat each other with dignity and respect.    The project implementation started in August 2012 to 2015.

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