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Integrating Human Rights into Development

Donor Approaches, Experiences and Challenges

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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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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.

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