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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32. A CALL FOR SUBSTANCE AND NETWORKING »

I do not know about you. But I have the feeling that not much is happening in advancing the Human Rights cause in development work.** We hear (and write) praises about how this is the right way forward, but an expanded understanding and concrete steps remain scanty. A lot of what is said sounds disturbingly progressive…, but has not enough substance to base a praxis on.

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31. Human Rights and South-South cooperation »

An intellectually sound analysis around the new Human Rights-centered development approach is needed to arrive at a collective platform or policy for the South. This is needed as part of the South countries’ quest for solidarity and cooperation with one another --in their endeavor to follow a genuinely people-centered development path in freedom.

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30. POTPURRI »

The key question is: Who gets to do these needed analyses and who the calling to account? It sometimes sounds much too much as if it is some outside authority who is going to do these things for us and, ‘with a lightning bolt call the sinners to account’.

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29. ON VULNERABILITY, ACCESS AND DISCRIMINATION »

Is there sufficient attention being paid to the most vulnerable groups? Is there equal access to services?

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