Workshop “Development Effectiveness in Practice: Applying the Paris Declaration to Advancing Gender Equality, Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights”
On 26-27 April 2007, 120 participants representing bilateral and multilateral donors, partner countries and civil society organisations from the North and South gathered in Dublin to discuss the relationship between human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability as overarching, universal objectives of development and the ambitious agenda of reforms aimed at improving the effectiveness of the international aid system that is embodied in the Paris Declaration. The DAC GOVNET’s Human Rights Task Team, GENDERNET, ENVIRONET and the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness had jointly taken the initiative in response to increasing attention that this relationship is attracting in development research, policy and practice.
DAC Update “Human Rights and Aid Effectiveness”
The relationship between human rights and the Paris Declaration is receiving increasing attention in development research, policy and practice. This paper provides an overview of recent initiatives that have been undertaken through the DAC with the support from the GOVNET and its Human Rights Task Team.
DAC Action-oriented Policy Paper on Human Rights and Development
On 15 February 2007, the DAC for the first time approved a policy paper devoted exclusively to the promotion and integration of human rights in development. The paper that was developed by the Human Rights Task Team of the GOVNET reflects changes in the international context and in evolving donor policies and practice over the past decade and highlights new challenges and opportunities for promoting human rights at a time of ambitious reforms in the international aid system.
ODI study “Aid Effectiveness and Human Rights: Strengthening the Implementation of the Paris Declaration”
This study of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is based on a project commissioned by the GOVNET’s Task Team on Human Rights. A Framework Paper and five Illustration Papers analyse the specific contributions that human rights thinking and practice can make towards a better understanding of the Paris Declaration’s key principles (ownership, alignment, harmonisation, managing for results, mutual accountability) and their implementation.
OECD book “Integrating Human Rights into Development: Donor Approaches, Experiences and Challenges”
This publication which is the most comprehensive and up-to-date of its kind is the result of a collaborative effort led by the GOVNET’s Human Rights Task Team. It reviews the approaches of different donor agencies and their rationales for working on human rights; identifies the current practice in this field; draws together lessons that form the core of the current evidence around the added value of human rights for development; and addresses both opportunities and conceptual and practical challenges to human rights within the evolving development partnerships between donors and partner countries. “Integrating Human Rights and Development” appeared in the OECD book series “The Development Dimension”.
Workshop “Integrating Human Rights into Development”
Over 60 participants from bilateral and multilateral donor agencies and the OECD met on 19 October 2005 in Paris for a workshop organised by the Human Rights Task Team around two key contributions: the findings and recommendations of the GOVNET-commissioned report “Integrating Human Rights into Development: A Synthesis of Donor Approaches and Experiences” and a presentation on how a nationally-owned human rights-based approach has been integrated in Kenya across an entire country programme. Presentations and discussions made a strong case for the relevance of human rights to the quality and sustainability of development.