CHRDI focuses on Six Thematic pillar areas:
Human Rights monitoring and reporting
CHRDI aims to ensure that these standards are implemented in practice and thus contributes to making human rights a reality. Due to the high level of uneducated people and the small size of population in Sierra Leone human rights issues and concerns often go unreported. CHRDI will continue to monitor the compliance of Sierra Leone government with the Harare Principles, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other internationally recognized human rights instruments. CHRDI will assess common problems affecting the nation and report on specific issues in individual towns..
Gender Base Violence
CHRDI aims to empower women and improve the quality of life for them and their families in a variety of ways including working in partnership with other agencies, also by using this campaign as a tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women, also to promote the removal and prevention of all barriers to the full participation of women in all spheres of life. CHRDI will raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue. CHRDI also help to support to networks, youth group, women groups and consolidated research and policy recommendations.
Economic and Social Justice
Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspectiveaddresses the social and economic rights found in Articles 16 and 22 through 27 of the UDHR, which are generally not recognized as human rights issues in most countries including Sierra Leone .However these rights were further articulated in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). CHRDI is working towards the realization of a nation where all members of a Sierra Leone society, regardless of background or procedural justice, have basic human rights and equal access to the benefits of their society.
Governance and Accountability
CHRDI has focused the majority of its advocacy and awareness rising on the promotion on Good Governance through networks involving public-private partnerships(PPP) or with the collaboration of community organisations and other Civil Society organisations. Our goal is to raise awareness about national governance, to monitor how international organizations influence domestic political outcomes, and to address issues of transparency and accountability within the United Nations, related intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and other non-state actors. We also promotes transparency and accountability in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private Sector. it is important that they are encouraged to embrace the same standards of transparency and accountability that they demand from governments and corporations. CHRDI want to see where the people of Sierra Leone have a say in the decisions that have an impact on them, and where government and other organisations act on and are transparent about the issues that matter.
Business and Human Rights
The process of globalization and other global developments over the past decades have seen non-state actors such as transnational corporations and other business play an increasingly important role both internationally, but also at the national and local levels. The growing reach and impact of business enterprises have given rise to a debate about the roles and responsibilities of such actors with regard to human rights. In resolution 2005/69, the then Commission on Human Rights mandated the High Commissioner, in collaboration with the SRSG, to convene annually a consultation with executives from a particular business sector to discuss the human rights challenges faced by that sector. In November 2005, the High Commissioner convened a consultation with representatives from the extractive sector see report E/CN.4/2006/92). In today society Human rights are not only threatened and infringed upon by states, but as globalization progresses, transnational corporations exert greater economic and political power that can significantly alters peoples' everyday lives. Despite this reality, there is currently no clear international consensus on whether transnational corporations are subject to legally binding human rights obligations.
CHRDI hold the believes that human rights violations and abuses, committed or aided by multinational companies or local, must be investigated and prosecuted. This can be achieved through partnerships with the private sector and other stakeholders; raising awareness, research on compliance; and advocacy for enactment of regulations and soft law that promote accountability, ethics and adherence to Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for implementing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, and the UN Global Compact.
CHRDI will undertaking research work both independently and in collaboration with other institutions based on human rights topics and development. We will also provide research opportunities for academic scholars and students; provide opportunities for them to strengthen CHRDI's work by linking theory and practice and building a strong sense of civic responsibility and consolidated research and policy recommendations.
Policy and Advocacy CHRDI accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of communities to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy. We works specifically with people and communities in urban and rural areas, who suffer most from environmental injustice, to ensure their voices get heard. We work with people on local environmental issues and work that tackles global challenges like climate change. Our work is effective because we collaborate with diverse partners and networks. We also ask questions that get to the heart of issues, and we work directly with the people that suffer the most from living in poor neighborhoods. Because of this, CHRDI is able to develop research, share knowledge and help provide solutions that challenge inequalities and provide resources that create healthy urban environment. CHRDI, Climate change community awareness initiative is to enhance the capacity of the communities to adapt hands-on sustainability philosophies and practices to address impacts of climate change at the grassroots levels.