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9 OECD Journal on Development, Volume 9 Issue 2

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

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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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Poverty, Governance and Democratic Participation in Francophone Africa and the Andean Region

One of the main contributions of statistical tools – and in particular of survey methods – to the enhancement of human rights and democratic governance assessments, is to allow to capture objective facts and subjective perceptions directly from people’s experiences and views – without the intermediary of experts’ opinions or theories. This is of the highest importance in developing countries, where sound knowledge and understanding of daily problems and the perceptions and expectations of the people – and in particular the poor – are essential preconditions for designing and implementing policies and programmes that are truly consistent with the issues at stake: extreme poverty, problematic access to basic services, social and political exclusion, widespread corruption or weak governance.

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