1. Introduction »

If we are really honest, we must recognize that, in our development work, we often offer simplistic and politically neutral solutions. High aspirations do not always translate into commensurate actions.

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2. Human Rights or the Importance of Being Earnest: A Personal Account. »

I am a true convert. I do believe the Human Rights approach to development is the way to go forward. Why Now? As Read more…

3. The Sixteen Groups of Human Rights. »

The 16 groups of Human Rights as recognized in the articles of the two International Covenants of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are:

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4. Human Rights Based Planning: The New Approach. »

1. All agencies of the UN regularly prepare long-term plans of action for approval by their respective boards. To arrive at them, these agencies go through detailed situation analyses that identify the most important causes of the problems each specialized agency deals with.

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5. What Does the New UN Human Rights Approach bring to the Struggle of the Poor? – I »

We Live in a New Age of Rights Why does our commitment to a Human Rights approach in health, nutrition and development work Read more…

6. What Does the New UN Human Rights Approach bring to the Struggle of the Poor? – II »

As the new era of Human Rights-based planning in development work gets under way, there are a number of iron laws that begin to gain acceptance. Among them, and in no particular order, I would say, are the following:

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7. What Does the New UN Human Rights Approach bring to the Struggle of the Poor? – III »

Getting Human Rights implemented means not only engaging development agencies, but also the government. For the latter to happen, the people (those whose Human Rights are being violated every day) will have to be mobilized, and that is a political decision.

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8. What Does the New UN Human Rights Approach bring to the Struggle of the Poor? – IV »

In all honesty, many governments (if not most) continue to take a soft approach to the implementation of Human Rights. Human Rights actually require a people-oriented state -- a fact that superficially may seem obvious, but of course isn’t. (3, 32)

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9. The Role of Human Rights in Politicizing Development Ethics, Development Assistance and Development Praxis – I »

The newly emerging Human Rights framework in development work comes as a reivindication to old time radicals who have been advocating and fighting for a more political approach to the ‘maldevelopment’ the second half of the 20th century has witnessed.

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10. The Role of Human Rights in Politicizing Development Ethics, Development Assistance and Development Praxis – II »

I would like you to agree with me that taking, what I call, a ‘minimalist stand towards Human Rights’ will do no harm, but neither will it do much good.

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