The Development Dimension

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A series of OECD books analyzing  the development aspects of policies in other domains, such as economic, financial, environmental, agricultural or trade policies. By systematically taking the development dimension of member country policies into account, OECD analysis and dialogue can help change behaviour in support of development in an ever more integrated, interdependent global economy.

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Integrating Human Rights into Development

Integrating Human Rights into Development

Donor Approaches, Experiences and Challenges You do not have access to this content

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14 June 2006
9789264022102 (PDF) ;9789264022096(print)

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This book enhances understanding and consensus on why and how we need to work more strategically and coherently on the integration of human rights and development. It reviews the approaches of different donor agencies and their rationales for working on human rights, and identifies the current practice in this field. It illustrates how aid agencies are working on human rights issues at the programming level, and it draws together lessons that form the core of the current evidence around the added value of human rights for development. Lastly, it addresses both new opportunities and conceptual and practical challenges to human rights within the evolving development partnerships between donors and partner countries, as well as in relation to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness as a new reference point of the international aid system. By giving numerous examples of practical approaches, this publication shows that there are various ways for donor agencies to take human rights more systematically into account – in accordance with their respective mandates, modes of engagement and comparative advantage.

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  • Executive Summary
    Human rights have become an important aspect of development policy and programming since the end of the Cold War. The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, the 2000 Millennium Summit and the 2005 World Summit all recognise that development and human rights are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. The UN Secretary-General’s conception of "In Larger Freedom" encapsulates the inter-linkages between development, security and human rights:
  • Donor Approaches

    Human rights have become an important aspect of development policy and programming. This trend is reflected in the human rights policies that a growing number of bilateral and
    multilateral aid agencies have adopted over the past ten years. This chapter reviews donor approaches and rationales for working on human rights.


  • Programming Experiences
    A wealth of policy and guidance documents alone would not be sufficient to establish human rights more firmly in development co-operation. Policies need to be put into practice to ensure progression from rhetoric to action. This chapter illustrates how aid agencies are working on human rights issues at a programming, as opposed to a policy or institutional, level.
  • Preliminary Lessons
    It is only relatively recently that development agencies have started to work on human rights more strategically. Since then, a number of studies have put together key messages about the contributions of human rights integration in development co-operation.
  • Challenges and Opportunities
    Work on human rights has started to have an impact on development practice. Policies and activities can be found across a wide range of agencies, indicating that human rights are becoming a regular feature of development co-operation.
  • Experiences from Agency Approaches
    Aid agencies have engaged in human rights to varying degrees. Different mandates, political preferences and trade-offs, and pragmatic considerations underlie this diversity. This chapter presents three short case studies of agencies (Sida, DFID and UNICEF) that have invested considerably in integrating human rights in development co-operation for a number of years.
  • Experiences from Country Programmes
    While the most common form of human rights assistance has traditionally been projects, a more strategic approach attempts to integrate human rights in the design of a bilateral or multilateral country strategy. Thios chapter provides illustrations of three country programmes: Sida in Kenya, UNICEF in Vietnam and DFID in Peru.
  • Experiences from the Adoption of Tools
    Integrating human rights into development more systematically is an extensive undertaking, calling for innovation and change at various levels. Yet experience suggests that the difference a stronger human rights perspective makes in development and aid practice is often far from self-explanatory.
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