OECD Journal on Development, Volume 9 Issue 2
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OECD Journal on Development, Volume 9 Issue 2

Measuring Human Rights and Democratic Governance: Experiences and Lessons from Metagora

On the occasion of the 60 anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this special issue of the OECD Journal on Development focuses on robust methods and tools for assessing human rights, democracy and governance. These findings of the Metagora project formulate a response to these questions.

Metagora is the first international project on measuring human rights and democratic governance to undertake several pilot experiences in different regions of the world in an interactive fashion. This publication presents key results, policy relevance and methodological implications of these experiences. It illustrates the feasibility and usefulness of measuring human rights and democratic governance with combined quantitative and qualitative approaches. It provides decision makers, policy actors, analysts and civil society with first-hand materials and selected examples on how statistics and indicators can be created and used in this field.

This publication also presents a wealth of global lessons from the Metagora experiences. These include the need for involving a wide range of institutions and actors -- such as human rights institutions, research centres, national statistical offices and civil society organisations -- in the measurement and assessment processes. Metagora’s findings and lessons constitute a substantive and innovative contribution which usefully complements ongoing work by leading international organisations on governance and human rights indicators.

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The Metagora project provided scientific and technical support toThe Asia Foundation’s project on Mapping Political and Ethnic Violence in Sri Lanka (see box below). This project focuses on the use of quantitative approaches and statistical tools and methods for empowering the documentation, analysis, reporting and advocacy work of non-governmental organisations committed to defending and promoting human rights. This project has enabled Sri Lankan human rights defenders to examine the patterns and magnitude of past and current violations. In light of Metagora’s objectives, this innovative approach has provided concrete answers to the following questions:
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