The Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education is a regional Think Tank created by the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in December 2006 as a key institution for the promotion of Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education. Its establishment epitomised the realisation of the will expressed by the Heads of State and Government of ICGLR Member States not only in the 2004 Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on Peace, Security, Democracy and Development in the Great Lakes Region but also in the Pact on Security, Stability and Development (with a Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance) signed in Nairobi on 15thDecember 2006. The willingness of the Heads of States was based on the analysis of conflicts and political crises situations that had characterized most of Great Lakes Region countries since the 1990s.

The Regional Centre was formally launched during the August 2009 Heads of State and Government Summit that was held in Lusaka, Zambia. It was on this occasion that it was named after the late former President of Zambia - Levy Mwanawasa, who died during his term as President of the ICGLR Heads of State and Government Summit. The Zambian Government agreed to host the Regional Centre and on March 24th, 2011, a Host Agreement was signed between ICGRL Secretariat and the Government of Zambia.

 Photo of the signing ceremony of the Host Agreement, 24th March 2014, Lusaka.

 Since becoming operational in 2011, the Regional Centre provides a strong foundation to the ICGLR’s Programme of Action on the promotion of Good Governance and Democracy whose vision is that of “a Region characterized by deeply entrenched values, principles and norms on democracy, good governance and observance of 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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