The Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education is a Regional Think Tank created by the Heads of State and Government of eleven Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)1 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 December 15, 2006. 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 President Levy Mwanawasa, the former Zambian President who died during his term as President of the ICGLR Heads of State and Government Summit.
With its operationalisation 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”. The Regional Centre is based in Lusaka, Zambia.
Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives of the Regional Centre
The Regional Centre’s vision is “an authoritative and autonomous Think Tank that catalyses reforms and promotes best practices on complex governance issues in the Great Lakes Region”, whose mission is “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”.
Strategic Objective 1:
“To undertake and promote Operational and Multi-disciplinary Research and Analysis on Governance processes, Peace Building, Conflict Prevention and Resolution at the Local, National and Regional levels.”
Strategic Objective 2:
“To facilitate and undertake Capacity Development and Training Programmes in the areas of Democracy, Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education.”
Strategic objective 3:
“To monitor, evaluate and advise on the implementation of the ICGLR Protocols and other relevant Legal Instruments.”
Strategic objective 4:
“To facilitate dialogue between different Actors on Governance Reform Agenda.”
Strategic objective 5:
“To establish and maintain an Information Hub on Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education.”
In order to build capacity of upcoming scholars through engagement in its work, the Regional Centre is implementing an internship programme in the key areas of its interventions.
Purpose of this internship
The purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for young people to substantively contribute to and learn from the work of the Centre. The intern will be given specific tasks and responsibilities and will be challenged to develop their capabilities and gain experience. The intern is expected to be flexible and to take part in departmental and other activities of the Regional Centre as deemed necessary from time to time.
Applications from skilled and motivated young people to serve as interns at LMRC are encouraged. The Centre is looking for interns who are committed, hard-working, positive, open-minded, reflective and willing to learn.
The current offer will be under the supervision of the Research, Training and Documentation Department and Fora & Observatories Departments. The intern will work also with the Finance and Administration Department because Information and Communication are cross cutting issues.
The Regional Centre is looking for an intern who has qualifications in Public Administration, Political Science, Development Studies, Natural Resource Governance, Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution Studies. He/She should have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s Degree and good writing skills as well as computer skills. A Master’s Degree and knowledge in French will be an added advantage.
The internship is for 3 months only.
Internships are on a voluntary basis.