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Rights-based approaches: A practical how-to note on integrating principles of empowerment into almost any development activity

Pact

Created 06/15/2019

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rights-based approaches

This guide was prepared by Pact in collaboration with USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) under the USAID-funded, Freedom House-led Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM). The purpose of the guidance is to help USAID staff understand, adopt, and implement rights-based approaches (RBAs) across a range of sectors. Using practical tips, case studies, and program examples, this brief guide explains how to integrate human rights approaches into other sectors, such as health, education, food security, the environment, and economic growth.

The primary audience for this guide is DRG officers who are interested in cross-sectoral integration as a way to improve development outcomes and strategically address rights issues. The secondary audience is technical officers from other USAID offices who are coordinating with DRG officers to integrate a rights focus into their programming. This document is not intended to serve as comprehensive guidance on how to implement an RBA, but rather to introduce the key concepts and provide practical tools for planning an RBA.

The purpose of this guidance is to help USAID staff understand, adopt and implement rights-based approaches across a range of sectors. Using practical tips, case studies and program examples, this brief guide explains how applying rights-based approaches integrate human rights into other sectors, such as health, education, food security, the environment and economic growth. Pact co-created this document with USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance under the USAID-funded, Freedom House-led Human Rights Support Mechanism.

Click here to read the full guidance online.

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