oa De Rebus - Human rights for all! Living the dream or fighting reality? : feature

Volume 2013, Issue 535
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Human rights-based approaches to development put the poor at the centre of development thereby giving them opportunities to act as agencies that identify their problems. The identification process empowers the poor to challenge the structures that work to their disadvantage. With rights-based approaches, human rights become yardsticks to formulate legal and moral arguments on how disadvantaged individuals ought to be treated. By equipping people with entitlements that they can claim, rights-based approaches divert focus from top-down approaches to development to bottom-up approaches.

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