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Delivering capacity development training

Graphic: NHRI staff participating in an APF course

Staff and Commissioners of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) work at the frontline of human rights. They inspect places of detention. They investigate allegations of abuse. They monitor issues and places of concern. They train law enforcement officials.

It is demanding work, which the APF supports through a broad range of professional development training programs and resources.

Our training programs provide up-to-date knowledge and skills to assist staff undertake the core work of their NHRI, as well as promote effective approaches for working with and for vulnerable and marginalised groups.

Our approach

We use a blended learning approach to deliver our professional development training programs. We combine online learning and discussions - usually held over a number of weeks - with a face-to-face workshop.

Up to 30 participants are involved in each course. They are expected to contribute to weekly online discussions and to submit regular, short assignments.

Training takes place in English and Arabic (since 2014). We use expert presenters, with long-standing experience working within NHRIs, to lead the programs. We also draw on the expertise of facilitators drawn from APF members.

We ensure gender-related issues are considered in the design, delivery and content of every APF training program.

All training courses are evaluated to ensure that they meet the needs of our members.

We also invite our members to provide information about their training needs on an annual basis, which we use to guide the ongoing development and delivery of our training program.

Manual - full

Manual on National Human Rights Institutions

06 Aug 2015  
Manual - full

Human Rights and Disability: A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions

14 Mar 2017  
Manual - full

Manual on Conducting a National Inquiry into Systemic Patterns of Human Rights Violation

10 Aug 2015  
Manual - full

Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of Women and Girls: A Manual for NHRIs

10 Aug 2015  
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  1. NHRI staff participating in an APF course - APF/Michael Power