In recent years, human rights and development have been converging. Growing recognition of the crucial links between rights violations, poverty, exclusion, vulnerability and conflict has led many OECD member countries and multilateral donors to look at human rights more thoroughly as a means for improving the quality of development co-operation.
Human rights and development
The GOVNET Human Rights Task Team aims at enhancing understanding and consensus on why and how donors should work more strategically and coherently on the integration of human rights and development. In pursuing this objective, the task team:
- provides a framework for sharing of information and experience and for collective learning
- promotes dialogue and collaboration between human rights practitioners and other development practitioners
- develops policy guidance on how to integrate human rights more consistently into donor policies and practice
- acts as a resource to the DAC and its subsidiary bodies on human rights and development
Collaboration and dialogue
The GOVNET Human Rights Task Team places special emphasis on building bridges between human rights specialists and other development communities and aid managers. This includes first and foremost:
- Human rights and aid effectiveness: realising the potential for the international human rights framework and the Paris Declaration to reinforce and benefit from each other.
- Human rights and poverty: establishing more common ground between human rights and the pro-poor economic agenda.
- Human rights, conflict prevention and peacebuilding: identifying ways of reconciling and integrating human rights and peace and security strategies.
- Human rights assessments: contributing expertise on human rights assessments and indicators to donor approaches to governance assessments.
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