Integrating Human Rights in Development Policy: Mapping Donor Strategies and Practices

69 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2013

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David D'Hollander

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Axel Marx

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Jan Wouters

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

Integrating human rights in development policy has been highlighted as a key priority on the international, European and national level. This mapping exercise presents a review of the donor strategies and practices for integrating human rights in development policy which have emerged in recent years. It draws upon a broad selection of policy and guidance documents from multi- and bilateral donors, reports and recommendations from international institutions as well as academic research. The paper distinguishes five approaches for integrating human rights in development policy: (1) rhetorical endorsement of human rights; (2) human rights dialogue and conditionality; (3) human rights and democracy programmes; (4) human rights mainstreaming, and (5) human rights-based approaches. These different policy approaches can build on each other and strengthen the integration of human rights in development cooperation policy and can also be presented as self-standing policy 'options'. As a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) constitutes the most comprehensive strategy, closer attention is given to this concept and its implementation. Finally, the paper addresses the evaluation of human rights policies and the operational difficulties faced in institutionalising human rights. It notes that donors continue to face a number of organizational challenges in implementing their human rights policies.

Keywords: Human Rights, Development Cooperation, Donor Policy, Human Rights - Based Approach, Mainstreaming

Suggested Citation

D'Hollander, David and Marx, Axel and Wouters, Jan, Integrating Human Rights in Development Policy: Mapping Donor Strategies and Practices (June 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2286204

David D'Hollander (Contact Author)

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Leuven, B-3000
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Axel Marx

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies ( email )

Van Evenstraat 2B
Charles Deberiotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Jan Wouters

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies ( email )

House De Dorlodot - Deberiotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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