Side Event @ UN DCF: Human Rights-based Approaches in South-South Development Co-operation
22 May 2018 / 1.15 - 2.30pm (UTC-04:00)
UN Headquarters, New York
by CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, Reality of Aid Network and IBON International
Governments and other development actors engaged in SSDC need to demonstrate greater commitment to social justice, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and people’s rights. Applying a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to SSDC would help to shift the framework of development away from a narrow focus on economic growth towards a more holistic appreciation of the multiple (political, social, cultural, etc.) and interrelated dimensions of human development – where development is understood as the process whereby people are able to fulfill their full potential through realizing their human rights.
The HRBA helps clarify the roles and responsibilities of individuals and groups as rights holders on the one hand, and governments and other relevant development actors as duty bearers on the other. The human rights-based approach to development requires participation from rights-holders in the decision-making processes of the duty-bearer. Conversely, duty-bearers are accountable to rights-holders for human rights obligations under international law and codified in national legislation. This affirms the agency of the poor and marginalized people to chart their own destiny by empowering all people to claim their rights rather than treat them as passive recipients of aid and charity.
The activity will bring together representatives from different stakeholder groups to discuss and share experiences and challenges in advancing human rights-based approach in South-South development cooperation, towards strengthened partnerships in its active promotion.