The Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for has a niche which makes it unique in the Great Lakes Region because of its:

  • Unique position as a regional Think Tank in an extremely complex Region where there is limited institutional density of African organizations that can work structurally on Democracy, Governance and Human Rights issues.
  • Dual legitimacy, i.e. as a Think Tank embedded and mandated by a regional multilateral organization on the one hand, and linked to real constituencies on the field on the other.
  • Capacity to act as a “catalyst” i.e. to ensure the “trickle down” of Democratic Governance policies of Regional and International Organizations to the field and to make sure that the “realities and voices” of the ground are transmitted to these higher levels.
  • Capacity to work in a structured, long term way on capacity development issues (which by definition are not “quick wins”) while mobilizing relevant expertise from the Region and abroad to deliver on its mandate.
  • Capacity to act as a “Change Agent” and a “Catalyst” precisely because it is working with political/public organizations in the Region and because it has the necessary “relays” in the field (with other potential “change agents” such as Civil Society and Parliaments). In this perspective, the niche of the Regional Centre relies in the capacity to “move and shake” the official bodies, public institutions to effectively implement policies on Democracy, Governance and Human Rights.

Our Mission

To reinforce the capacities of social and political institutions of ICGLR Member States in the areas of Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education.

Our Approach

Operational Research and Analysis to Inform Policy Making Processes; Capacity Building and Training; Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies and Practices; Facilitating multi-actor Dialogue and Knowledge Banking and Dissemination.

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