Regional projects

Regional cooperation covers activities across the countries through regional organizations or in collaboration by different organizations from various countries. Women’s rights, work against trafficking and strengthening the capacity and security of organizations has been the focus of regional projects supported by KIOS. KIOS prioritizes regional cooperation to achieve more effective human rights work.

Human rights work across the borders

Regional projects are supported in East Africa and in South Asia, where the work is in relation to KIOS focus countries and nearby areas. Regional cooperation is an excellent way to increase the capacity of human rights organizations and create wider networks, which in turn enable more effective work at local, national and regional level. It may also strengthen the organizations capacity to work with international human rights mechanisms such as those of the United Nations.

International cooperation increases the opportunities to influence decision makers at higher level such as officials and politicians.  Regional cooperation is also an effective way to increase the security of human rights defenders at risk.

We should have learned – during past sixty or seventy years in Africa – that development without having a human rights framework to protect it, does not function, it does not work.

Hala Al-Karib, SIHA Network

East Africa- Strengthening the capacity of human rights defenders and work against human trafficking

In East Africa, KIOS has supported the regional network East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). The organization reports, campaigns, trains and advocates for protection of human rights defenders and for raising awareness on human rights.  In addition, KIOS supports Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) network, which works against human trafficking in the Horn of Africa.

South Asia- Public interest litigation and women’s ESC- rights

In South Asia, KIOS has supported work on women’s rights. The starting point for this work has been the enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). With the support from KIOS, Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR) has trained human rights actors on ESCR and educated them on how to use ESCR as a tool to eradicate poverty and to secure adequate income for women.

Socio-Legal Information Center (SLIC) from India has successfully used public interest litigation to improve the rights of marginalized people. With the support from KIOS, SLIC has trained and cooperated with human rights actors in South Asia to increase the awareness and usage of the public interest litigation. Legal claims have proved to be a significant tool for social and economic reforms and for implementation of justice.


Regional projects

  • Active period: 2006–2021
  • Total funding: 1,276,392 €
  • Total projects: 18

Related organisations

  • Atrocities Watch
  • Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
  • Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa Network
  • Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Socio Legal Information Center (Human Rights Law Network)
  • The ARA Trust
  • East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

Projects (18)

  • Other countries Regional projects
  • 2020–2021
  • The ARA Trust

Access to Justice for Refugees in South Asia – An Outreach and Capacity-Building Programme for Right-Holders and Duty-Bearers

81,200 €
  • Bangladesh Regional projects
  • 2017–2018
  • Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)

Securing an enabling environment for Rohingya human rights defenders in Bangladesh: Supporting and protecting a vulnerable group, endangered minority and women, at the local, national, regional and international levels

95,800 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2015–2016
  • Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Leadership Development in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Asia

87,000 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2014–2016
  • Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa Network

Caught between poverty and trauma: Addressing the conditions of trafficked women deported back to Ethiopia

43,000 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2014–2016
  • Socio Legal Information Center (Human Rights Law Network)

Centre for Constitutional Rights – Human Rights Law Teaching & Defending the Defenders in South Asia

146,200 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2014–2015
  • Informal Sector Service Centre

INSEC Partnership Programme: Regional Conference in Kathmandu

34,400 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2014–2016
  • Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human Rights Defenders- Capacity Building Programme, East Africa

24,800 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2014–2015
  • East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

KIOS – East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders ProjectPartnership Programme: Regional Conference

43,270 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2013–2015
  • The ARA Trust

ARA Legal Initiative

36,800 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2012–2013
  • Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Engaged Participation of Ethiopian Leaders in UN Treaty Body Monitoring Process

49,800 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2012–2014
  • Socio Legal Information Center (Human Rights Law Network)

Centre for Constitutional Rights – Human Rights Law Teaching in South Asia

107,400 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2012–2014
  • Socio Legal Information Center (Human Rights Law Network)

Centre for Constitutional Rights – Human Rights Law Teaching in South Asia

129,000 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2012–2015
  • Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Leadership Development in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Asia

75,100 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2012–2013
  • Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Leadership Institute for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

18,000 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2011–2012
  • East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

KIOS – East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders ProjectPartnership Programme: Regional Conference

23,500 €
  • Regional projects Uganda
  • 2008–2010
  • East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

Training Workshop for Women Human Rights Defenders including Sexual Minority Defenders

16,310 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2007–2008
  • East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

Sub-regional consultation meeting & core funding

39,400 €
  • Regional projects
  • 2006
  • East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

Journalist sub-regional conference

32,100 €

News (6)

Supporting human rights defenders in Burundi
  • 23 Aug 2019
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Regional projects

Supporting human rights defenders in Burundi

Since the political crisis in Burundi started in 2015, most human rights defenders have been forced to flee the country to avoid persecution. With the help of DefendDefenders, Burundian defenders in exile have pushed the UN to investigate violations in Burundi.

A long-term partner of KIOS, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project EHAHRDP, supports the valuable work of Human Rights Defenders
  • 31 Jan 2017
  • News
  • Regional projects

A long-term partner of KIOS, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project EHAHRDP, supports the valuable work of Human Rights Defenders

The space of civil society has been diminishing in many East African countries and defending human rights has become even …

Human rights defenders are under a serious attack – there is need for serious support
  • 15 Dec 2016
  • News
  • Regional projects

Human rights defenders are under a serious attack – there is need for serious support

Andrew Anderson was elected as Front Line Defenders’ new Executive Director this fall and he started with the new post …

Ilman ihmisoikeuksia ei ole kehitystä – KIOSin teoksen julkistamistilaisuus
  • 24 Nov 2016
  • News
  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Other countries
  • Regional projects

Ilman ihmisoikeuksia ei ole kehitystä – KIOSin teoksen julkistamistilaisuus

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Koulutusseminaari toimittajille: Ihmisoikeudet ja toimittajien vastuu – Kuinka toimia ihmisoikeuspuolustajien kanssa?
  • 9 Nov 2016
  • News
  • Other countries
  • Regional projects

Koulutusseminaari toimittajille: Ihmisoikeudet ja toimittajien vastuu – Kuinka toimia ihmisoikeuspuolustajien kanssa?

Sorry, this entry is only available in Finnish.

  • 1 Dec 2009
  • News
  • Regional projects

EHAHRDP Protects Human Rights Defenders in East and Horn of Africa

Human rights defenders in Eastern Africa face intimidation, illegal arrests, unfair trials, torture and disappearances. Many are forced to leave their country as refugees.