Capacity Assessment

Zambia Human Rights Commission Capacity Assessement

Capacity Gaps assessment of the Zambia Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) was done from the 1st to the 9th of September 2012. The capacity assessment exercise (also referred to as Gap Assessment) was organised by NANHRI with financial and expert assistance from its partners: OHCHR through representatives from Geneva headquarters and Southern Africa region and the UNDP through a representative from Southern Africa region facilitated a gap assessment exercise for the ZHRC. The assessment team that included the mentioned stakeholders was headed by a Ms. Margaret Sekaggya ( Team leader), a UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Ms. Sekaggya is also the Founder and Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda. The consultant will deliver the final report of the process in the due course of September 2012.

Objective of the assessment

• To assess the capacity, strengths and needs of ZHRC;
• Recommend tailored capacity development strategies that address the identified capacity gaps of ZHRC, and;
• Develop a practical capacity assessment tool that can be used for self assessment on a regular basis by ZHRC.

NAHRI has embarked on doing this exercise to other NHRIs in partnership with key stakeholders in fulfilment of its 2012 – 2014 Strategic Plan. In its strategic priority 1 dubbed, 'Strengthen NHRIs' NANHRI envisions doing a lot and has prioritised conducting at least 6 (six) Gap Analyses within the 2012 – 2014 period which means that at least 2 such exercises in a year. The exercise as conducted in the ZHRC is to accomplish NANHRI strategic objective 1.1 geared towards ensuring that existing NHRIs are Paris Principle compliant.

Malawi Human Rights Commission Capacity Assessment

The Capacity Assessment or Gap analysis project of the NANHRI is aimed at strengthening African NHRIs. This project is being implemented in furtherance of key area 2 of the strategic plan of the NANHRI 2009-2011. This is aimed at undertaking a gap analysis of 1-3 African NHRIs every year from 2009 and onwards. The goal of the project is to enable NHRIs to know exactly where the gaps are and what specific initiatives to undertake with respect to legislative, institutional and operational reforms to enable effectiveness and substantial compliance with the Paris Principles.

The capacity assessment of the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) carried out between 1st and 8th of November 2011. The assessment was conducted at the request of the Commission and with the support of UNDP Regional service centre for East and Southern Africa (RSC-ESA), in partnership with the Network for African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI).

Objective of the Capacity Assessment

The objective of the assessment was to assess and recommend strategies to address the most important identified capacity needs of the MHRC by:

  • Enabling the MHRC to assess its current capacity to implement its mandate
  • To enable the MHRC identify any gaps in complying with the Paris Principles
  • To identify priority capacity gaps that should urgently be addressed
  • To recommend/develop strategies to address identified capacity gaps

The results are to be used by the Commission to complement its priority setting and strategic planning for the implementation of its mandate.

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Capacity Assessment

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) capacity assessment was carried out between 1st and 8th August 2011. The assessment was conducted on the request of the Commission and with the support of UNDP Regional office in South Africa, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva and with the participation of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI).

The capacity assessment team comprised of J.M. Aliro Omara (Team Leader), Liza Sekaggya from the OHCHR National Institutions Unit, and Gilbert Sebihogo, Executive Director NANHRI.

Objectives of the Capacity Assessment

The objective of the assessment was to assess, identify and recommend strategies to address the most important capacity needs of the EHRC viz:

  • Assess the EHRC's current capacity to implement its mandate
  • Identify if the EHRC has any gaps in complying with the Paris Principles.
  • Identify priority capacity gaps that should urgently be addressed
  • Recommend/develop strategies to address identified capacity gaps

The results are intended to be used by the Commission to complement its priority setting and strategic planning for the purpose of implementing its mandate.