Sample IHRN training testimonials

The level and nature of participation was simply exceptional, concrete exercise, concrete examples, excellent analysis and feedback. The time flew by!

- Professor Anne GERAGHTY-RATHERT, Legal Studies Dept, Webster University, USA

This was one of the best workshops I have ever attended. The venue, materials & facilitation was excellent. I recommend this training to all justice sector actors interested in seeing real progress in their countries

-      Chesya MTAMIRA, Rule of Law Section, African Union United Nations Hybrid Mission, Darfur, Sudan

Enjoyed thoroughly this opportunity to reflect. Certainly all development workers would benefit from it

-          Charlotte JUST, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Embassy, Burkina Faso


The training was very inspirational, energising, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies, learning from experience and being fully practice-oriented.Well-balanced composition of participants, which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges.        

- Bi-lateral donor (Europe)

Highly participatory and inclusive..I have gained a lot of knowledge....excellent teachers...nice and inspiring group.

- Faith MWONDHA, Hon. Justice of the High Court of Uganda      

The other participants were amazing & I learned a lot from their experience and insights. The subject-matter is timely, relevant and presents and important and necessary way of looking at justice sector reform. I would recommend this course to anyone working in, or interested in this field.

- Michelle BRADY, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Azerbaijan

This is excellent. Please keep it up!  Best I've seen in different human rights trainings over the years.

- Sylvia GOBA, Action Aid Sierra Leone

Facilitation was outstanding, including the two guest speakers. Very much liked the approach. Also liked the fact that time management was excellent - sessions and days were not too long, as often happens in these sort of workshops. There was a lot of content, so lots of food for thought!

- National Human Rights Institution (Europe)

It has really given me new insight and energy to persevere for Human Rights Fieldwork in my future work (and the UNDAF!!)” … The training venue rules!! Absolutely stunning setting…. Again great that all participants really had so many experiences to share …… and the organisers drew in the experiences of all the participants which was really one of the best ways to learn about HR fieldwork in the real world. This was one of my best learning experiences in terms of what’s going on in the world…….. excellent insights into the dynamics of teamwork.

- Hanne SORENSEN,  UNDP Nepal

I found the course very useful and will hopefully be able to put some of it into practice.


An excellent programme – I learnt a lot. I am inspired to rethink the way I plan and present my work. A very high pedagogical standard. Well done!

- Paul DALTON, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Keep on going! The programme is great in content and in terms of networking. Thank you, especially for your dynamism and critical views on important issues.

- Chantal GALLANT,  Legal adviser, Human Rights Unit, Ministry of Justice, Belgium

Remarkable training skills … always took our answers seriously, never dismissed them as wrong, emphasized good answers, provided useful examples, etc. Thank you very much!

- Alejandro MURPHY, Oxfam Country Programme Manager, Uganda

Really a very good course and a highly enjoyable week. Trainers were excellent, combining theory and examples from the field and extracting the valid points from the different contributions from the group. … huge breadth of knowledge and the ability to tie the different ends together and draw general lessons.

- Hanne JUNCHER, Head of Division for Legal & Human Rights Capacity Building, Directorate General of Human Rights & Legal Affairs, Council of Europe

Challenging programme effectively carried through. participants with broad experience helped to enrich the discussions in a very positive way…. There are many useful things I am taking home from this training and I am appreciative of this opportunity to learn from such a diverse team.

- Lt Col John SPIERIN, Defence Forces, Ireland

Really informative and applicable to daily work. Made me think critically about things. Instructors extremely bright, well-informed - great presenters. Thank you very much – terrific work. I’m very happy to have been a part of it and have learned and shared loads this week. Please do keep in touch!

- Hillary MARGOLIS, Gender-Based Violence Programme Manager, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Sudan

Composition of class participants well thought out and representative of different human rights records…. General logistics were faultless.

- Chiseche MIBENGE, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights Research

I think the course was excellent for someone like me (development person working more and more on conflict / disaster issues) …..  Thanks for all your great work and your dedication to sharing / teaching the rest of us. Hats off to IHRN!

- Sahana DHARMAPURI, US Agency for Internaitonaol Development (USAID)

Experienced group from various backgrounds allowed for fruitful interactions.

-Laurent DUFOUR, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Very interactive and participatory. Liked the way the training was structured along the monitoring cycle. I was very glad that the programme focused – as the title suggests - on skills/practices.

- Louise SPERL, United Nations Office for West Africa

Content and presentation by the facilitators was consistently high quality and engaging. Most importantly, each session provided an excellent review of the challenges and opportunities inherent in each area – while challenging us to clarify and to find our own answers. I feel that all the techniques used, the methods, the videos/powerpoint were extremely good. At no point did I feel that the training was “long” or “dragging on”. Even after breaks/lunch, I felt that there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. It is great to have IHRN facilitators with so much energy. I felt challenged and consistently drawn into the exercises and presentations had my full attention due to the way in which they were conducted. Thanks a lot!!

- Joe WASHINGTON, Visiting Professor, University of Pisa, Italy

I found the inter-activeness of teaching great – great job!

- Marlene URSCHELER, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Nepal

It is an experience that will live long in my memory. I will constantly use these skills in the local conflict we encounter periodically in my work.

- Olayinka ADEYEMI, Public Defender Office, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Nigeria

Very well organised and implemented. A lot of lessons learned for me, that I will definitely share with colleagues.

- Madina SHANAYEVA, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

The practical exercises were useful in offering 'hands on' experience. The interactive atmosphere and live examples (country cases) used for illustration were refreshing.

 - Margaret TIBULYA, Registrar of the High Court, Uganda

I came to the course looking to build a foundation in Human Rights. I now feel I understand the whole ethos to Human Rights work and understand and can implement a HRBA to my future work. … The final exercise phase was about as realistic as you could have made it – very useful.

- Peter BING, International security consultant

Thank you! Will recommend to others. Participation was very rewarding and interactive. Very useful and definitely thought provoking… Module style was clear and interactive – great, friendly and fun. Catered to all levels, which was good for those just starting out and those with more experience.

- Elsje FOURIE, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Northern Ireland

The course has provided me with the framework and tools to promote a human rights process in my future work and to convey this message effectively to a range of actors.

- Liza SCICLUNA, ICLA Project, Norwegian Refugee Council Nepal

I have personally gained enormous amount knowledge in Human Rights Based Approaches that will now be applied to my duties.

- J Titus KIMBA, National Legal & Judicial Monitor, UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)