01 Mar How can we achieve development goals if we ignore human rights?
Posted at 17:29h in News
PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk
If only real life was as simple as word processing. Search and replace, problem solved.
At a talk at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton on Thursday, a member of the audience explained how, while doing some recent work for a major development agency, he had been told todo a search-and-replace for all references to human rights in policy documents.
It was, he said, a typical example of how human rights were being steadily eradicated from the language of development organisations and donors.
Some governments are threatened by an enforceable, rights-based approach to development as it requires systemic change and infinite capacity.