42. ON CAPACITY BUILDING NEEDS: THE MACRO ISSUES IN HUMAN RIGHTS. »

Health staff, for instance, has the obligation of informing beneficiaries of their rights. But there is a lack of information on the side of these public servants about their duties in relation to people’s rights. Only one thing is sure: There is no justification for the non-realization of HR.

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41. BEYOND CAPACITY ANALYSIS: ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS OF A HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY. (Part 2 of 2) »

Decentralization-cum-democratization (and not only deconcentration) with devolution of decision-making power to the periphery through community-driven actions backed by funds being truly made available locally are all crucial to the human rights-based approach.

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40. BEYOND CAPACITY ANALYSIS: ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS OF A HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY. (1) »

The ‘chronic emergency’ situation in the health, nutrition, education and other service sectors in an important number of the developing countries only sporadically becomes a ‘loud emergency’. However, if things stay their present course or worsen, such loud emergencies will increasingly become inevitable.

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39. Social Exclusion and Human Rights »

Social groups are excluded, because they have no access to the opportunities afforded to others in society, including public health care services, adequate nutrition, public education, public housing and employment. The many barriers to access prevent people from reaching their full productive potential --in turn constraining equitable economic growth, as well as poor people’s revenues and their HR.

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38.PUTTING EQUITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN HEALTH ON THE AGENDA: THE ROLE OF NGOS. (2) »

As far as international NGOs are concerned, CARE has probably advanced the most in its efforts to operationalize the Equity/Human Rights (E/HRs)-based approach. Since January 1999, they have had a (CARE) Human Rights Initiative with a HQs coordinator and program advisor and a field program assistant devoted full-time to the Initiative. They have been raising awareness in most CARE country offices around the world, building the capacity of their staff globally, ensuring that CARE’s principles and policies facilitate the HRs-based approach being progressively adopted, and they have been forging strategic alliances with like-minded programs and initiatives. They carry out training, research an

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37. PUTTING EQUITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN HEALTH ON THE AGENDA: THE ROLE OF NGOS »

Moreover, Equity and HRs are inseparately linked since equity is key to the realization of HRs. The question here is what NGOs are doing with/about these two concepts in the realm of their work in health and nutrition.

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36. PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN RIGHTS: FURTHERING THE DEBATE. »

To be a fully empowered claim holder is to have the ability to compel the performance of some obligation; before being empowered, people are unable to compel important others to perform their obligations.

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35. ‘CHARITY IS OBSCENE FROM A HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE’ »

In many communities, Human Rights (HR) values still need to be promoted from above, because they have not yet been internalized by unknowing, potential claim holders. This promotion from above is far removed from traditional charity approaches (*) to development though.

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34. RIGHTS ARE GUARANTEED ENTITLEMENTS: RIGHT? »

The strength of a rights-based approach is that it allows one to talk about entitlements and to challenge unwilling governments. (“One person should not have to decide whether s/he can eat or go to the health center to seek care”).

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33. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE VERY MUCH ON THE AGENDA OF DEVELOPMENT WORK: »

Betting on the invisible hand of the market and ignoring the needs and rights of the socially excluded is just dangerous and morally unacceptable.

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