The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) aims is to increase the effectiveness and accessibility of the human rights protection mechanisms of the African Union, especially the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights by strengthening the human rights institutions in Africa, ensuring compliance with the existing norms and making the system widely accessible to victims of human rights violations and other actors of civil society. The work of the IHRDA includes research and capacity building initiatives in the following areas:
train NGOs community and other human rights activists and workers in how to investigate, prepare and present cases of human rights violations before the African human rights treaty bodies
research emerging areas of human rights law and development in Africa for publication and dissemination
advocate for legal reforms in the areas of human rights and development policies at the national and regional levels in Africa
To advance human rights through the implementation of african human rights treaties, the institute has five core programming activities that are complementary and interdependent:
Research and Publication
Cooperation with the African Regional Human Rights Institutions
The website includes information about the organisation and its structure, the regional system under which the institute operates, programmes currently being undertaken by the institute, and resources. The website is available in English and French.