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Benjamin Tonga

Justice Initiative Centre (JIC)
Joined February 2021
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Benjamin Mekinde Tonga is from Cameroon and a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Law from the University of Buea. He equally holds a professional Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa, from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and is currently expecting his doctorate degree PhD in Law 2022, from the University of Buea.
Tonga has expertise in human rights investigation, documentation and reporting techniques. Protection monitoring, design and development. He has experience in project conception, design and implementation. He has gained experience working in the Non-profit organization and management section. He has held the position Protection and rule of law officer with the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) a leading human rights NGO, where his task was to provide strategic direction and vision to CHRDA’s protection programming, and program quality during a period of expansion, ensuring compliance with CHRDA’s mainstreaming framework, international law and protection standards and national policies, overseeing the project implementation and budgeting of protection, monitoring and information dissemination, identifying opportunities, designing and developing concept notes and proposals for other protection programming as requested, providing input on proposals from other sectors to ensure that protection is mainstreamed across CHRDA’s programming and analyzing and understanding conflict dynamics and providing advice on protection issues.
He subsequently worked as human rights officer with the same organization where he was charged with monitoring, reporting and documenting human rights violations, organizing training workshops for NGOs, community-based organizations and public officials, publishing articles on human rights, identifying opportunities, drafting concept notes and writing funding proposals, undertaking strategic human rights advocacy, including via online and offline means, and engaged in Human rights project conception, design and implementation.
He recently founded his own organization called Justice Initiative Centre (JIC) which is an organization that creates hope in local communities through justice initiatives. His aim of joining this network is to be able to explore the work opportunities here through grants and projects and to link up with like minded leaders who believe in shaping societies through collective initiatives and shared values.

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