Human Rights Research Partnership Opportunity for Developing Country Researchers

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is organizing the Research Partnership Programme on human rights with the funding support of the Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) for a small number (4-6) of researchers from developing and transitional countries.

The Programme offers a unique opportunity for selected researchers of becoming guest researchers at DIHR in Denmark for a period of five months during the semester August to December 2011.

The aim of the Programme is to build human rights research capacity in these countries, and in general to contribute to stronger academic environments and increased exchange between institutions in the human rights field internationally.

Please note that the DIHR does not issue an academic degree. However, the study may give academic credit if it is carried out as part of academic studies, e.g. PhD. or other doctoral studies with another institution, and such linking is encouraged.

The Programme is primarily for persons who have experience in human rights-related research and/or work. The minimum requirement for applying is a bachelor’s degree and preference will be given to those possessing a master’s degree or equivalent qualifications. The applicant must be professionally affiliated to an institution (NGO, university, etc.) in a developing or transitional country. It is of utmost importance that the applicant is fluent in spoken as well as written English.

Expenses in relation to accommodation, insurance and international flights will be covered by the grant. Moreover, the guest researcher will be given an adequate amount per month to cover living expenses in Denmark. The guest researchers are accommodated at the Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) in central Copenhagen.

Applications for the coming academic year (August-December 2011) should be received at the DIHR no later than 1st of February 2011. For more information, visit this link.

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  1. Rebecca Nakanwagi says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    This is to introduce to you our Organization Rubaga Division Disabled Association, a disabled peoples organization registered with Kampala City Council as a disabled women’s organization. It was founded by disabled women themselves in 2006 to address tree major challenges affecting women with disabilities in Rubaga Division. The challenges are:
    – violation of human rights
    – communicable diseases
    – and unemployment among women with disabilities.

    This organization has a membership of three types of disabilities i,e deaf, blind and people with physical disability.

    We are seeking partnership with you to help us address those challenges in our community so as to enjoy our full rights and dignities in our society.

    we will be very grateful if our request is honoured.

    My kind regards

    Rebecca Nakanwagi

  2. Darius Byaruhanga says:

    We have an Orphanage here in Uganda at Lake Bunyonyi i would like to know if you do help the Small scale Orphanages.

  3. Mr. Said Mohamoud says:


    I am currently member of Parliament Somali Regional State known as Puntland as well as deputy chair for the human rights subcommittee. I am also founder and board member of a local NGO called “Horn Vision” which focuses on Human Rights issues. I am interested to apply for this partnership opportunity if allowed?. I would appreciate if you could advise me further.
    Best wishes


    It is a pleasure to know that DANIDA is looking forward to facilitate research for human rights in developing countries. In my country Uganda, human rights though are being handled public ally and fairly. Their not an issue to many Ugandans more so the local people in Villages due to the fact that they are not aware of them though the fact still remains that People freely practice them for example there is freedom of worship, people are free to carry out their business with minimum supervision from the Government, people try to respect each other, However, it has been observed at a large scale that children’s rights are not observed by quite many people and leaders in our country despite that the laws are there to protect children its still a problem.

    We came up to form a Community Based Organization (CBO) known as CHILDREN IN DEVELOPMENT-UGANDA (CIDU) to make research on all these issues and if selected to be part of this it will do us good.

    MPEMBE LUWAGGA JAMES SEGUYA (CERT. in Primary Education, Dip. in Primary Education, Degree in Social Work Social Administration


    Children in Development Uganda


    IWDC -” Institute for Women Development CHITRAL Pakistan”

    It has been established by the SISTERS with a VISION that, only ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT and ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE of women can ensure CHANGE and DEVELOPMENT and EMANCIPATION of women from social, economic, political and social taboos. Independence can free them from Economic, Social and Political dependency in men dominated social system.
    IWDC EMPOWER WOMEN through SKILLS, EMBROIDERY and HANDICRAFT etc training FOCUSING poorest of the POOR. WE PROVIDE KITS/MACHINERY after Skill training to earn their livelihood.
    Up to date WE HAVE TRAINED a number of 120 WOMEN and GIRLS in various disciplines. We also provide loans to the poor trained women. We also provide security against discrimination and compulsion . For detail see or contact:

    Phone no Facilitator: Professor S Nazar Fatimi
    (Northern Pakistan)

  6. George Opiyo Pile says:

    I appreciate this opportunity to research on human rights issues from diverse points of view and from different social and racial backgrounds.

    I have been asking myself how the whole concept and practice of human rights relate to Christian morality. I have doubed if 'human rights' as it is conceptualized and practised today does not promote evil in society. For example, what rights do a serial murderer or rapist have for such to enjoy protection from the 'human rights activists'? When a Government responds to mass murders of innocent people by a ragtag militant group in order to allow her peace loving citizens to live in harmony, has such a government contravened 'human rights laws'? Do human rights values go the opposite direction with Christian morality and justice? Could the Christian Church in Africa develop a new (or rival) conceptualization and paradigm for the practice of 'human rights'?

    I would like to participate in this research project, Kindly consider me.

    George Opiyo Pile, BTh, MDiv.

    Development Coordinator, Africa Inland Church, Kenya, Nyanza Region.

  7. Sir,

    I am working with Tribal Communty for their rights. Can i apply for your Research Partnership Programme on human rights programme.

    Pls inform me



  8. Teddy Thompson Gbowo says:

    Thank you for this information. I am the Excutive Director for Concern Citizen Initiatives (CCI).This Local NGO works and seeks the welfare of velunerable women and girls in Liberia.We wish to be part of this Human Rights Research partnership. CCI started its advocacy on women and girls rights since 2003. At present CCI is undertaking a GIRLS AT RISK community

    asssessement in Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. We will appreciate if our application is consider.

  9. Faray Mussa Kalume says:

    CG NV- Maniema/DRC, being a peace builder center, created on 16 November 2008, located in Maniema Province, one of the eleven Congo Democratic Republic of‘s provinces .

    CGNV-MANIEMA/DRC, center has as mission: Acting as a catalyst, strengthening Community resilience to mitigate the negative impact of violence, conflict and war by mobilizing, knowledge, skills, leadership and initiative within a diverge global community to identify and eliminate the conditions that lead to killing, to abuse, to neglect, and to discriminate, fighting the poverty, under nutrition, HIV/Aid, sustaining development and environment management

  10. Faray Mussa Kalume says:

    Dear Sir or Madam

    To whom it may concerne

    CG NV- Maniema/DRC, being a peace builder center, created on 16 November 2008, located in Maniema Province, one of the eleven Congo Democratic Republic of‘s provinces .

    CGNV-MANIEMA/DRC, center has as mission: Acting as a catalyst, strengthening Community resilience to mitigate the negative impact of violence, conflict and war by mobilizing, knowledge, skills, leadership and initiative within a diverge global community to identify and eliminate the conditions that lead to killing, to abuse, to neglect, and to discriminate, fighting the poverty, under nutrition, HIV/Aid, sustaining development and environment management

    These are ours issues and main objectives

    We remain your faithfully



    Faray Mussa Kalume

    Legal Representative

  11. ASIIMWE ARTHUR says:

    Thank you DANIDA for all your support.I have written from Uganda.Here in Uganda we have a community based organization based in Mbarara, but we don't have the exact means of how to access funding.I hope this message you will be able to reply back.use the e mail address

  12. Our works, whatever it is has its share of conflicts in some of our communities. These conflicts can sometimes be incredibly destructive to the mission of the institution and to the community of nations. If not handled correctly, real and legitimate differences between families, workers, volunteers, male and female genders or even peace builders can quickly spiral out of control resulting in situations where communities and the mission become dysfunctional, and the community’s vision and mission is threatened. There is a huge gender gap in the reintegration process of soldiers; the male soldiers had received much more attention while the female soldiers were excluded from the integration efforts. This has in no small measure, reinforced the marginalization and discrimination experienced by women and girls in most development programmes. (Gender based at Chad Sudan Border) with Religion and Cultural perspective.
    It is true that the cultures here in North East Chad/South Sudan is a difficult one to penetrate more so when it has to do with women and girls. In our work in Northeast Chad, with the child soldiers, we discovered that women, teenage girls and young girls were assaulted, violated and dehumanized by the warring rebel group. This led to the clandestine registration of young girls, teenager and even mothers and those widowed by the warring rebel group, into the FUC rebel group for protection and probably revenge.
    Since the accord between the government and FUC in Libya 2006 November and announced here in Chad 2007, International NGOs/Development agencies and other partners have reunified and reintegrated over 299 male child soldiers. What of the Females? Are they not humans? Why is it that nobody is asking? Why is it that nobody is doing anything to help them regain their dignity? Why has no development agencies made any attempt even up till this moment with the female child soldiers? Were their rights and dignity not violated? Are they happy in their present hiding conditions rejected by families and friends? Female teenage rebels have the right to enjoy every integration and reunification efforts and deserve to be treated equally with the boys, regardless of culture, tradition and religion.
    What of those girls who are over 18 years? What is their present status? Are they happy where they are hiding, rejected by families and friends? Are they happy taking drugs, or married to former rebels to remain in the military because they have no other options?
    It is interesting to note here that not only the culture and religion of the people here discriminate against the females but they have also been excluded from development efforts by INGOs which is supposed to be the last hope for the vulnerable populace.
    Victims and Rebels: In our work with former child soldiers, we get inspired with different ideas; permit me to share with you the last inspiration which will help out in this project. Here we intend to empower the survivors of the SECRET SOLDIERS OF THE CHADIAN REBELLION (The masked Female Victims and Rebels) we would like to embark on this delicate project and therefore looking for sponsors or partnership from your club to fund for the execution of this project?
    100 Female Victims and Former Rebels Including former female child soldiers.
    A All the females interviewed who are close to Guerida center and can make it should be given adult Literacy lesson in the Vocational training center on a basis of 2 hours a day 3 times a week.
    Pay teachers to teach them to read and write hence this is their greatest desire.
    Provide educational and writing materials for them.
    Pay their transport to Guerida for their alphabetization.
    Liaise with the Inspectorate of Education to certify them after the 6 months adult literacy Class.
    Provide them with food for training or coffee break items and snacks.
    B. Buy 5 grinding machine (moulen) for them. Which they will maintain, save and buy another
    Give loans from the proceeds of the Grinding Machines (moulen) to Victims members who are in need to start their own business, in Kousige, Kounoungou, Lima and the others in Guerida Center.
    C. We plan to have Baking and Soap making courses along with other courses like tailoring and hand craft, Traditional Tattooing, Hair dressing in a vocational training center in Guerida. The female victims and former soldiers would gladly participate in these courses and be able to reintegrate into the mainstream of activity to sustain themselves after 3 to 6 months of training. Liaise with the Inspectorate of Education to certify them after the 6 months adult literacy Class.
    Provide them with food for training or coffee break items and snacks.
    They should all be given a start up kit to help them start their business by themselves after the training
    OBJECTIVE: 1. Creating awareness on gender discrimination in rehabilitation process.
    2. Stop further recruitment of girl child soldiers and female rebels.
    3. Help the said victims to reintegrate with dignity into the mainstream of life in their societies and local communities without fear or shame and contribute meaningfully to the development of their communities through capacity building and income generating activities.
    We want invest in this noble project to balance the inequalities and the gender discrimination already exhibited by culture and religion in this region by
    A. Creating an avenue for Adult Literacy classes and assisting to purchase educational materials for those victims within School age.
    B. Income generating Activities and micro credit loans to victims
    1. Those living far from Guerida could be helped with an INCOME GENERATING PROJECT ACTIVITY “Activite’Generatrice d’Revenue” (AGR)
    C. Training in Vocational Training Skills. All the female victims and former rebels whether married or single should be given the opportunity to actively participate in vocational training center in Guerida
    We have personally identified over 100 of them and there are still over 300 of them scattered all over Northern Chad and Southern Sudan.
    Culturally silence means a lot of thing that they cannot share with any of us.
    Not all who said they are involved in farm work are true; it is a means to cover up what they cannot say, culturally it’s difficult for ladies to say “We have nothing doing”
    All those indentified joined the FUC rebel Group (Front Uni pour le Changement.) and participated actively fought several combats.
    This is the most dominant rebel group in this zone of North East Chad and South Sudan, Koulbouse They had a training ground at Soudan Border @ Koulbouse. There is Koulbouse Sudan and Koulbouse Chad.
    We have identified and interviewed 100 out of over 300 females that were violated and fought in the FUC rebel group

    1. Participation in Adult Literacy classes for Alphabetization and certification with Graduation
    2. Purchasing of 5 Grinding Machine for Income Generating Activities and Microcredit scheme.
    3. Participation in Vocational Training Activities in collaboration with other NGO in Guerida center,
    4. Identification of the said victims and rebels (Already Implemented and still ongoing)
    5. Equip beneficiaries with a start up Kit

    The Project hopes to stand on its own after two years. The profit from the income generating activities (Moulen) will keep giving loans to Victims and later to other vulnerable ladies and females in the community.
    This will gradually reduce and put an end to the recruitment of Girl child and vulnerable ladies into the Rebel Group and Paramilitary Forces in North East Chad and Southern Sudan.
    Requesting: 375,000: USD, for the first year and the same for the second year.


  13. Sserukera Eric Rober says:

    It is a pleasure to know that DANIDA is looking forward to facilitate research for human rights in developing countries. In our country Uganda, human rights are still being handled publically so well. People can be free to practice religion on choice, curry out business so conviniently, any way there seem to be a propering community environment. However, it has been observed at a large scale that PWDs of all kinds have not been integrated as human beings. They are the poorest group of people in communities, affected by lack of proper social accountability/lack of tranparency, they are very ilitrate, with lack of access to adquate services being provided in the community development department of the district. In 2001, concerned individuals came out and decided to make a joint effort to form an organisation to help them make a voice that can benefit them. Kayunga District Disability Union was formed to see a breakthrough. They with a;


    Dignity for People with Disabilities in Kayunga District, regardless of their disabilities


    A united voice of people with disabilities with the sole purpose of; equalization of opportunities within all possible attempts to involve and actively participate in the national and international programmes within the frame work human development perspective for the purpose of influencing change in the provision of services.

    KADIDU works within the frame work of the Government, Local and International NGOs and the general community for the purpose of influencing change in the provision of services to PWDs in Kayunga District. In order to fulfill our mission, we work together with people with and without disabilities.

    Our core values;

    1 Equity,

    2 Consideration,

    3 Participation,

    4 Love

    5 Accountability

    Our principles;

    1. Inclusion

    2. Participation

    3. Sustainability

    4. Empowerment

    5. Self-advocacy

    Our objectives;

    1. To unite the people with disabilities in Kayunga District to be able to have a common voice with the sole purpose of equalization of opportunities through advocacy and lobbying.

    2. To promote the rights of people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

    3. To work with identical indigenous voluntary associations, DPOs, National and International Organisations, and the community in the bonds of friendship, fellowship and partnership for mutual understanding and development programmes.

    4. To act as an advocacy group to the district local government and other related sectors/ organizations for persons with disabilities so as to enhance functional collective action of PWDS in Kayunga District.

    5. To promote good governance and democratic accountability

    6. To work hand in hand with the Government, CSOs / NGOs and any other stake holders in promoting the fight against HIV / AIDS among vulnerable groups in Uganda.

    7. To create awareness amongst people with disabilities about the current national development programmes.

    8. Train people with disabilities in different Income Generating Activities, identify, initiate and develop projects that assist people with disabilities on the basis of poverty eradication.

    9. To secure educational facilities for young persons with disabilities through lobbying for direct funding and endeavor to publicize the activities of the organisation through mass media so as to increase public awareness.

    10. To promote the welfare of children of people with disabilities who are affected by the aftermath and provide support to them.

    11. To work in collaboration with traffic police to ensure that roads are safely used by all individuals with an aim of reducing possible causes of disabilities.

    There is a lot that needs to be done. And for such reasons, KADIDU will ensure that the rights of the People With Disabilities are addressed through;

    1. Consistently sensitise the respective communities about the rights of the people with disabilities,

    2. Reach out to owners of buildings to put accessibility equipments for people with disabilities,

    3. Providing material support towards achieving universal primary education,

    4. Enhancing participation of the community in attaining a society free from abuses of rights of people with disabilities,

    5. Talking to all stakeholders of communities about the empowerment initiative of the persons with disabilities rights,


    • Advocacy

    KADIDU continually advocates for the rights of the People With Disabilities (PWDs) and People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) with particular emphasis on care and support activities. Some of the organisation that KADIDU networks which includes The Uganda AIDS Commission, The Cancer hospices, Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Action On Disability And Development (ADD), National Union For Persons With Disabilities in Uganda (NUDIPU), The Local Government, The Uganda National Association Of the DeafBlind and Independent Advocates on promoting the rights of Persons With Disabilities.

    The relationship between KADIDU and each of the above organisations is one of the collaboration and networking for the good of PWDs and PLWHA. KADIDU receives its PLWHA as clients from communities and refer them for Counselling and Testing (VCT) services. PWDs that need extra care for example the Epileptic, those suffering from dyslexia, and Leprosy are referred to partner Rehabilitation centers for specialized care or synonymous service providing organisations that may be offering more specialised services.

    • Counselling: the integrated approach

    KADIDU integrates the previously independent center-bassed services with the community- based initiatives to form a broader service called counselling; i.e. integrated approach. KADIDU has provided Systematic counselling training to volunteers to enable them provides more effective work of the organisation’s services. This have enabled KADIDU achieve some of its social rehabilitation set targets and implementation.

    • Medical care:

    Search for proper and prompt medical care continue to be seen as the major attraction of the PWDs and AIDS patients in our target area. In addition, medical clinical services have been integrated in the usual counselling and medical services that are provided at the KADIDU centre. To involve proper diagnostic extermination and management of the causes of disabilities and also giving directive for medical integration.

    • Training:

    KADIDU using its Social work intervention methods has in the last six years trained counsellors and community-AIDS educators for other organisations wishing to integrate all kinds of people in the field of HIV/AIDS care and prevention in their programs. The experience has been utilized in curriculum review and in addition has increased the organisation’s capacity to gain reputable international counselling institution.

    • Institutional capacity building (ICB) for PWDs initiative, individual and group based development. These are groups that come out to trace for skills in management of agro based small scale industries, promotion of life skills, self centred advocacy and projects related to programmes of Organisation. This has helped to sustain the objectives of the organisation in the long run.

    • Conducting Disabilities and HIV/AIDS seminar and workshops

    KADIDU conducts seminars to sensitise the community about the dangers of Disabilities and HIV/AIDS and brings consultants from the different parts of the country to come and sensitise our counsellors in order to improve on the counsellor skills. We also conduct workshops for all the organisations which handle cases of PWDs or PLWHA and tell them about the new methods and the use of the new drugs about disability prevention or HIV/AIDS. The workshops are also conducted in working organisations.

    • Provision of social welfare support services:

     Food assistance to clients

     School fees to needy children of clients

     Loans to help start up income generating projects to clients

    • CBR Concept Definition

    • Income generating activities identification, formulation, Initiation and Implementation

    • Identification of PWDs and People living with HIV/AIDS through home visits

    • Making Hypothetical Analysis of PWDs and People Living With HIV/AIDS

    • Training of Psychosocial Support

    • Training of Trainers on Primary Health Care

    • Referrals Services

    We are looking forward to this research opportunity provided by the Danish Agency to help make more research on how human rights for PWDs can ehnance their general welbeing.

  14. Dharmendra singh says:

    project & aplication

  15. Dear Sir
    First time we did a research on Mutual Society of Bangladesh. Our Organization want to do the activities poor and Extreme poor people so that can not change life and income.You know that Bangladesh in Muslim Community but more than 1 million extreme poor living out of it. If I get change I can share lot about them. Our organization create one committee of one community in tread base, There tread i can support committee mobilization and Function and help there income Generate.
    I get your opportunity i believed i can success and i can success do the work.

    Thanks for HAPPY NEW YEAR-2011

    Executive Director
    Mutual Society

  16. Mujibur Rahman says:

    First time we did a research on Kawra community’s (pig rearer) rights in Bangladesh. Pork is prohibited in Muslim Community but more than 1 million extreme poor living out of it. Pork has huge internal and external market. If I get chance I can share lot about them.

    Mujibur Rahman
    Nice Foundation

  17. Misheck Gondo says:

    Thank you so much on the information, we are interested in the research partnership program


    Misheck Gondo


    Human Rights, Democracy & Good Governance

    Zimbabwe Youth Organisations Network

  18. ghulamqadir says:

    we would like to introduce about our NGO, we have promised to serve & help humanity through our organization. In this regard we are inviting you for fellowship in our organization, to join hands with us in serving humanity.
    Our organization is facing some financial problems. So therefore, you are hereby invited to join us in this noble cause.

    Dr. Ali Yasir Khanzada Human Rights and Welfare Society Sukkur Sindh is the only organization in Pakistan that has been working exclusively on the issues of Human Rights, Health, Education, Environment, Culture, Food, Cloth, marriages, Free ambulance Facility, Poverty support programs,

    Dr. Ali Yasir Khanzada Human Rights and Welfare Society is an NGO, working towards Community Development through community participation. The society believes not only in giving but also in sharing problems and solutions. The motto is SELF-SUFFICIENCY and SUSTAINABILITY.

    It works on both Rural/Urban areas, the working style of the society is that first it points out the area, then it surveys that what kind of problems people are suffering, after that it solves them.

    To achieve its Mission, Dr. Ali Yasir Khanzada Human Rights and Welfare Society Sukkur Sindh has the following Programs:

    1. Human Rights

    a) To strive for marginalized community members and oppression, prevating in society against infringement of rights and violation of rights, providing legal aid.
    b) To arrange seminars conferences and debates for education and awareness against Women violence.
    c) To help the children to get education and get rid of child, bonded labor and also
    work against child sexual abuse.

    2. Health

    a) To work for promotion of Medical.
    b) To provides Medical facilities to the members and Public in general.
    c) To arrange seminars conferences and debates for Mother and child Health care.
    d) To provide free ambulance facilities to the members and Public in general.

    3. Education

    a) To work for the promotion of Education Science and dissipation of useful knowledge for the settlement of public in general.
    b) To maintain Libraries and Reading Rooms and establish / open and maintain Public Museums and Galleries of Painting and other work for General use amongst Members and public in general.
    c) To provide free education and scholarships for higher education to poor students.

    4. Environment

    a) To fight against all types of pollution.

    5. Cultural

    a) To make efforts for development of Cultural activities and work actively for
    Poverty alleviation and the cradication of literacy ad social evils.

    6. Food and cloth Support Programme

    a) To provide food month basis to poor public in general
    b) To provide cloth on different Occasion to Poor Public in general.

    7. Marriages
    a) To arrange marriages of poor peoples in general.

    National Tax No: Detail.
    Company Name: NGO/NPO.
    NTN No: 3654687-9,
    Mail address: Plot # 960 Barrage Colony Workshop Road Sukkur Sindh Pakistan.

    Chairman. Ghulam Qadir Jatoi,
    Dr. Ali Yasir Khanzada Human Rights & Welfare Society,
    Sukkur Sindh Pakistan.