11. THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN POLITICIZING DEVELOPMENT ETHICS, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AND DEVELOPMENT PRAXIS – III »

Meetings on Human Rights (e.g. the recent 26th Session of the UN’s ACC/SCN, Geneva, 12-15 April, 1999 and many other), and even the UN Secretary General's own pronouncements, are desperately asking for ways to ope rationalize the new Human Rights-based paradigm.

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12. THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN POLITICIZING DEVELOPMENT ETHICS, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AND DEVELOPMENT PRAXIS – IV »

The implementation of Human Rights requires first and foremost its translation to the domestic level. The current lack of development may not be invoked by Governments to justify the abridgment or postponement of internationally recognized Human Rights.

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13. ON THE ROLE OF THE STATE, THE UN AND CIVIL SOCIETY »

Human Rights are plainly not guaranteed by the existing institutional arrangements.[We have to understand this as a point of departure].

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14. HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DONORS »

Focusing on sustainable poverty alleviation is inseparable from bringing about greater respect of Human Rights and greater equity.

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15. ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF AN EMPOWERING COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING IN HEALTH »

The notion of duty and justice (...and not compassion!) give rights their cutting edge. Power is the key relation in health and Human Rights issues: A right confers power, i.e. the power to make key changes as far reaching as the system allows claim holders to do so.

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16. SHORT DISCUSSION TOPICS »

Capacity/accountability analyses (that tell us why duty bearers at many levels do not seem to be able to perform their duties as expected) are a cornerstone of Human Rights planning.

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17. ELEMENTS FOR A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS COURSE AND CURRICULUM. »

Many of our fellow development professionals are not satisfied with the training future generations of our colleagues are receiving. Quite a few have been vocal about it and discussions have ensued for the last few years. More recently, a sizable part of the discussion has centered around the mix of technical and other skills Human Rights advocates need to acquire given the challenges they are sure to face in their future careers. Not much of the content of this discussion has found its way into concrete changes in the curricula of schools that train different types of future development workers.

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18. SOME PEARLS OF WISDOM ABOUT HEALTH CARE FINANCING. »

Equity in health means equal access for equal need. Near-zero-priced public services for the poor is an essential public policy towards equity. Government intervention in the inequitable workings of the free market is required to bring about equity in health. The problem of resource shortages in the health sector cannot thus be seen as only a sectoral problem.

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19. HEALTH SECTOR REFORM AND THE UNMET NEEDS OF THE POOR: A CRITIQUE »

I have been re-reading some of the Health Sector Reform (HSR) and health and poverty literature. I have been amazed by the ambiguity, lack of clarity and of a sense of direction, and even some misconceptions I have found in an otherwise serious literature.

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20. ON DEVELOPMENT, THE REAL WORLD, POWER GAMES AND THE UGLY FACES OF GREED »

Words no longer make much of an impression on many of us. You can take what follows any way you please: as a 'cri du coeur', as a lament or as an ode to hope. I look at it as one way to come closer to the truth about what I do. I will admit to one feeling though -- a faint feeling of anger; I foster it because it keeps me warm.

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