The first African Forum for Doctoral Research in Human Rights (AfriDoors) was held at the University of Pretoria from 9 to 13 October. AfriDoors brought together close to 50 doctoral students, post-docs and faculty from the member institutions of Strengthening Human Rights Research and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SHUREA). SHUREA is a project funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) and is aimed at strengthening policy relevant human rights research.
The member institutions are Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Pretoria and Åbo Akademi (Finland). Over the five days participants discussed research methodology, current human rights issues, doctoral projects at the partner institutions and shared tips on writing for various audiences, including policy makers. SHUREA is a three-year project (2017-2020). The next doctoral forum will be held in Nairobi in 2018.