Human rights support project

What is the project about

 The Human Rights Support Project ensures strong advocacy for the respect of human rights. In the photo, a school boy participates in the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, 2012.Photo: UNDP Malawi

The Malawi human rights support project is set in the context of establishing a Sector Working Group for Democratic Governance in Malawi. With this project, we are assisting Malawi to enhance democratic governance through the respect for Human Rights as stipulated in the country’s constitution and in international and regional Human Rights instruments. The project is supporting national efforts to strengthen mechanisms and institutions to promote norms and good practices and foster stronger democratic accountability in line with the objectives of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDS II).

This will be achieved through a national action plan on human rights, and an elaborate human rights architecture that enhances coordination amongst human rights actors such as the Malawi Human Rights Commission and Office of the Ombudsman and equip them with appropriate skills, collaborative planning and action on state party reporting and advocacy for Universal Periodic Review.  The project will also foster improved working relationship between constitutional bodies and civil society organizations on human rights.

Since Human Rights is an integral cross-cutting issue, this project will effectively promote gender equality, and the rights of vulnerable and marginalised groups such as women children, persons with disabilities. This project will see the capacity of key State and Non-State Actors (government departments, Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations and Community Based Organisations being strengthened in Human Rights; and their engagement with the state party reporting and Universal Periodic Review process through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA) being enhanced.

What have we accomplished so far

  1. The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) reviewed the previous National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) and conducted a study on gender and human rights whose results will feed into the development of the new NHRAP. 
  2. The Office of the Ombudsman trained twelve staff in monitoring and evaluation skills.
  3. MHRC and Office of the Ombudsman investigated and resolved cases in the areas of child rights, gender and women rights, civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights and disability and elderly rights. In some cases recommendations were made for relevant authority to take action. 
  4. In 2013 the MHRC investigated forty-seven cases as follows: 10 cases on child rights; 10 on civil and political rights; 12 cases on gender and women rights; 10 cases on economic, social and cultural rights; and 5 cases on disability and elderly rights; and developed the collaborative mechanisms with Malawi Prison, Malawi Law Society and the Judiciary on the intended public interest litigation. 
  5. The Office of the Ombudsman has conducted on-the-spot investigations for 100 cases in 12 districts of Rumphi, Nkhotakota, Mulanje, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Chitipa, Karonga, Salima, Nkhotakota, Mchinji, Dedza and Ntcheu.
  6. Multi-stakeholder taskforce has been formed for the task MOJCA is working on Convention against Torture (CAT) and International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCR). The activities are so far at the drafting stage
  7. The MHRC has conducted sensitization meetings in all districts in Malawi on human rights. The meetings assist communities in the handling of cases such as gender based violence which are common in the Malawian communities. 
  8. MHRC has supported the training of forty nine Primary School Head Teachers on human rights and Democracy at Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) so they can replicate the training at their schools. 

Who Finances it?

Only financial contributions of at least $ 100,000.00 are indicated here.

Donor Name
Amount contributed per year
$ 514,774.01
UNDP $ 100,726.00


Delivery in previous fiscal year

Donor Name
Amount used
$ 373,733.00
UNDP $ 100,726.00
All sources $ 407,187.92

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