NANHRI’s goals and objectives as per its 2015-2019 strategic plan are drawn from the Network’s Constitution and constitute a statement of purpose for the organization. Stakeholders have validated them almost universally and therefore they have been retained as defined Strategic Priorities.

The plan identifies a series of strategic objectives that the Network will pursue in attempting to meet these priorities. The objectives represent areas in which the Network intends to concentrate its efforts in the coming years and thus serve to clarify the priorities identified.

Strategic Priorities

NANHRI Strategic plan 2015-2019 reflect on  key factors that would be the drivers of strategic priorities in the next five years, as informed by the constitution of the organization, and priorities from other mechanisms whose efforts also relate to the work of the organization.

Priority Themes

The continent has numerous human rights challenges all which need attention from NHRIs; and subsequently meriting attention from NANHRI. Due to the fact that no single actor can respond to the plethora of issues at any given time, our strategic plan seek to employ a suitable decision making criteria to rank and prioritize the major and minor themes, based on organizational mandate, comparative advantages, among other factors.  The following were identified as the key priorities for the next five years of NANHRI’s work.

  1. The establishment and strengthening of NHRIs in accordance with the Paris Principles
  2. Promotion of Economic Social and Cultural Rights
  3. Promotion of good governance/ Reduction of systemic impunity
  4. Capacity of NHRIs and States to respond to emerging and thematic human rights issues.
  5. Improving institutional capacity and performance of NANHRI/ NANHRI Secretariat.

Overall Goal

Effective, Adaptive, and Strongly networked NHRIs contributing to sustainable human rights protection in Africa

Intermediate Goals

Based on the foregoing priority strategic themes, the following goals were arrived at to guide the work of NANHRI for the next 5 years;

  1. Goal one:Effective NHRIs; established and operating in accordance with the Paris principles
  2. Goal Two: Enhanced respect and adherence to Economic, Social and Cultural (ECOSOC) Rights.
  3. Goal Three:Reduction of systemic impunity in Africa, particularly violations on rule of law, and Civil Liberties.
  4. Goal Four:Enhanced Adaptive Capacity of NHRIs in responding to emerging and thematic human rights issues.
  5. Goal Five:Improved institutional visibility, efficiency and effectiveness.

Strategic Objectives

  1. All African States have NHRIs, established and operating in accordance with the Paris Principles by 2019.
  2. At least 75% of African States have articulate and operational core minimum standards on realization of Economic, social, and Cultural rights.
  3. Improved governance in African countries particularly rule of law and protection of civil liberties by 2019 by at least 50%.
  4. Enhanced adaptiveness of NHRIs in responding to emerging and thematic human rights issues by atleast 50% of African countries by 2019
  5. Critical institutional systems established, and institutional efficiency and effectiveness improved in core service  areas by 2019