Training, Capacity Building and Networking

Under the Training, Capacity Building and Networking Programme, CRIDOC has a robust institutional capacity building framework which it runs activities strengthening partners, communities and its own capacity in child rights.

CRIDOC believes in networking with partners and stakeholders in order to achieve our common goals and objectives. The organisation believes that there can never be meaningful development without meaningful information and skills exchange mechanism. 

That is why CRIDOC facilitates workshops, seminars and training for and/or with its partners, and bring various stakeholders together to share experiences on issues affecting them and children.

Our work also involves developing and implementing community capacity building strategies as well as capacity building tools for our partners and for ourselves.

CRIDOC encourages these organisations to become members of institution's Resource Centre in order for them to enjoy the benefits of affiliating through “Institutional Membership”.

From time to time, the Centre orients partners and stakeholders on how they could get involved in the process of research and documentation of issues pertaining children and young people.

Besides feeding local NGOs with information relating to child rights issues at international level on various subjects, CRIDOC also explores means of linking these “member” organisations (i.e. those affiliated to the CRIDOC Resource Centre at the Secretariat) to other like-minded organisations abroad. 

So far, CRIDOC has already created a database of hundreds of such organisations at international level (most of these organisations are also featured in the “On-line Resource on Child Rights” manual).

In the picture, CRIDOC partnered with Youth & Children Rights Shield (YOCRIS) to carry out District Awareness Campaigns in Dedza - including orientation workshop of stakeholders and open day (outreach) activities - to raise awareness about the "Child Care, Protection and Justice Act (2010)." The activities were supported by Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC).

Specific Projects & Activities under the Program

District Awareness Campaigns Children's Act

In March 2011, CRIDOC in collaboration with the Youth and Child Rights Shield (YOCRIS) carried out District Awareness Campaigns in Dedza on the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act (2010) under the umbrella of the NGO Coalition on Child Rights (NGOCCR). The NGOCCR embarked on a campaign to popularize a new law - which the Malawi Parliament passed in 2010 - with the aim of enhancing the objective of child care, protection and provision of justice to children.

Rights-Based Approach (RBA) to HIV & AIDS Programming

The centre facilitated a training workshop on “Rights-Based Approach (RBA) to HIV & AIDS Programming” for the National Association of People with HIV & AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) support groups, which took place in Mponela, from 12th to 18th April 2008.

Capacity Building on Youth Participation

CRIDOC facilitated a series of workshops in May 2008 for the Young Advocates for the Advancement of ICT-Related Development (Y.A.A.ICT-D) on “Building Capacities within Y.A.A.ICT-D Structures/Partners to Provide Spaces for Rural Masses on National Issues.” The workshops took place in Mchinji, Kasungu and Dowa, respectively.

Media Training on Reporting Child Trafficking

In 2008, CRIDOC facilitated media workshops of reporting child trafficking  under the Malawi Network Against Child Trafficking