Business And Human Rights Blended Learning Course

The project, funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), aims to strengthen the capacities of NHRIs individually and collectively in line with the UN Paris Principles, in order to increase their impact and effectiveness in promoting and protecting human rights, with a specific focus on their activities related to business and human rights, and economic, social and cultural rights, monitoring and reporting to regional and international human rights bodies and promotion of human rights education into the formal education sector. DIHR is the main implementing partner of the project. Three regional networks (ENNHRI, NANHRI and APF) and the GANHRI are co-applicants and responsible for coordinating and conducting the activities assigned to them in their respective geographical or other mandates.
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The relation between business activities and enjoyment of human rights has been the subject of increased attention over the last years. As recognised in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), “National human rights institutions that comply with the Paris Principles have an important role to play in helping States identify whether relevant laws are aligned with their human rights obligations and are being effectively enforced, and in providing guidance on human rights also to business enterprises and other non-State actors.” This blended learning programme therefore contributes to building the capacity of NHRIs to exercise their mandate through monitoring implementation of international and regional instruments related to business and human rights.


The course introduces participants to the field of business and human rights, including the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: protect, respect and remedy. It also introduces participants to the regional frameworks such as the Africa Mining vision whose transformative agenda focuses on resources extraction, development and poverty eradication. The course explores how the mandate of Paris Principle compliant NHRIs applies to the topic of business and human rights, including looking at practical actions that NHRIs can implement. These actions can include; applying standards and principles on business and human rights in national policy, legislation and regulation; monitoring and reporting; and access to remedy, to the benefit of rights-holders in their countries. At the end of the blended learning course, participants should be able to:

  1. Use key standards and guidelines in the business and human rights field
  2. Demonstrate NHRIs’ relevance to BHR
  3. Plan concrete institutional actions on BHR


This course is for employees of NHRI members of Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI). Participants should be currently working on activities specifically related to business and human rights and be committed to the development of an action plan to implement the knowledge gained in the course and share lessons learned within their institution. Please see the application on the NHRI.EU project page at www.humanrights. dk/projects/nhrieu-capacity-project or on for further information on the selection criteria.


The e-learning will take place from 15 May – 9 June 2017. The three-day face-to-face workshop will take place from 3-5 July 2017 in Rabat, Morocco. The course is highly collaborative, and will use the blended learning approach, which combines three phases: 1) e-learning (on the DIHR learning Management system), 2) a 3 day face-to-face workshop and 3) a possibility to apply for a follow-up grant.



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