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New trends force CHRR, CEDEP to change project scope

Written by  Kondwani Magombo

Mangochi, August 9, 2017: Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) have reviewed their on-going projects aimed at promoting minority rights to accommodate emerging issues. 

CHRR Acting Programmes Manager Michael Kaiyatsa disclosed this on Tuesday at a stakeholders meeting held at Mangochi Town Council aimed at briefing the District Executive Committee (DEC) about their projects.

Kaiyatsa said the two organizations, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in 2010, had an ongoing project: Promoting minority issues in the context of human rights and HIV/AIDS with support from the Norwegian Embassy.

According to Kaiyatsa, the emerging of issues like the killing of people with albinism and the torture and killing of people suspected of practicing witchcraft made CHRR and CEDEP to rethink their approach to their projects.

“We have an ongoing project that is being implemented in phases since 2010. The first phase was from 2010 – 2013; the second phase ran from 2013 – 2015 and we are in the third phase that runs from 2016 – 19.

“With the emerging issues, we are calling the current phase Scaling up promotion of the rights of minorities and the target groups are people under the LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and the Intersex), people with albinism (PWA) and people accused of witchcraft (PAWs),” he said.

Kaiyatsa, who is coordinating the project, said this component of the project would be implemented in three phases in 15 districts.

Phase one will include districts such as Nkhatabay, Mangochi, Blantyre, Mulanje and Chikwawa while the second phase has Nsanje, Karonga, Machinga, Chitipa, and Mchinji.

The final phase will be implemented in Zomba, Dedza, Salima, Kasungu and Dowa.

The Norwegian Embassy is funding the project to the tune of about K696 million, according to Kaiyatsa.

Mangochi DEC welcomed the CHRR and CEDEP interventions and advised the organizations to keep the district council abreast with the progress of the activities for easy impact monitoring and assessment.

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