Assisting our members with capacity assessments

Graphic: Facilitators and staff of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

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The Capacity Assessment Project is an APF initiative to build strong national and effective national human rights institutions (NHRIs).

It supports our members to identify the capacities they have and those they need to develop in order to fulfil their mandate to promote and protect rights at the national level.

It is a joint project of the APF, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Each capacity assessment is based on a self-assessment process that draws on the expertise and insights of those within the NHRI, including Commissioners and all staff.

It is a forward-looking process that identifies both the current capacities of the NHRI and those that need to be developed or strengthened over the following five year period.

The report following each capacity assessment proposes strategies to strengthen the NHRI as a whole, to develop the capacities of staff individually and collectively, and to make the internal processes of the NHRI more effective and more efficient.

Feedback on the Capacity Assessment Project from our members has been positive and constructive. They say that the process has led to significant changes within their NHRIs, often with additional financial and other support from governments and international donors.

Capacity assessment projects have been conducted with the NHRIs of Timor Leste (2015), Indonesia (2014), Oman (2014), Bangladesh (2013), Nepal (2013), Philippines (2012), New Zealand (2012), Australia (2012), Sri Lanka (2012), Mongolia (2011), Afghanistan (2011), Palestine (2011), Jordan (2010), Thailand (2010), Maldives (2009) and Malaysia (2008).


Graphic: Commissioners and staff of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Capacity Assessment Manual for National Human Rights Institutions

This manual outlines the key elements and steps to conduct an effective capacity assessment of national human rights institutions.