Human Rights Based Approaches to Development (ORUG07)

Location:Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala Uganda. Non-Residential Training Programme.
Dates: Monday 23rd - Friday 27th April2007

Delivered jointly by: International Human Rights Network and International Human Rights Network (East Africa).

Human Rights Based Approaches to development have long been established in the legal and policy commitments of international development actors. This evolution is outlined in IHRN’s introductory reading HRBA to development: Principles, Policies and Practice (2005).

While the term ‘HRBA’ is increasingly used in development circles, its application in practice has been fragmented. Development practitioners and human rights specialists need to understand and learn to apply each others concepts and professional tools. The aim of the Programme is:

  • To explore the principles, policies and practice underpinning human rights based development.
  • To enhance the participants’ skills in programming on this basis – through providing a supportive environment in which both development and human rights specialists can pool learning to adapt existing skills.
  • To raise participants’ self-awareness in terms of behaviour, attitudes and values in undertaking human rights based development. Participants are facilitated in approaching their own development as an on-going process to enhance skills in teamwork, building relationships, communication, advocacy and designing strategic partnerships.
The emphasis is on ensuring that programming is relevant, effective, sustainable, participatory with accountability for impact. Modules include situation analysis-programme design and evaluation as key stages for applying human rights based approaches. Case studies will be drawn from the Health, Education and Justice sectors.

Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of human rights based development and the training programme, applications are invited from:

  • Human rights specialists who wish to adapt pre-existing knowledge of international human rights framework to the context of development programming; and from
  • Development practitioners who wish to reflect on their work and enhance their skills with a human rights based perspective e.g policy advisors or project managers; and from
  • Those who work for international human rights or development actors bi-lateral or multi-lateral (European Commission, UN agencies, World Bank etc), government ministries or in the non-governmental sector.

Priority for this East Africa Programme will be give to those applicants working in the region, particularly those focussing on the Health, Education and Justice sectors.

The Training Programme will be conducted in English and places are limited to thirty.

Participant preparation
The Training Programme is designed so as to maximise mutual learning across the range of participating disciplines. To ensure a common starting point for discussion participants will need to be familiar with the basics of international human rights law and institutions; and the basics of programme cycle management. They will, in any event, be provided with core 'refresher' materials as required preparatory reading.

Programme content and methodology
The Training Programme team will be delivered by a team of international and regional specialists led by Patrick Twomey, Director of IHRN. The programme is designed to be a highly participatory learning process. Rather than merely supplying information, it is designed to nurture skills which can be adapted to any development context. The programme uses a variety of pedagogical techniques including presentations by guest specialists and participants, plenary discussions, small group work and case studies.

As the programme is highly participatory, the number of participants will therefore be limited to 30. Networking among participants will be encouraged throughout.

Subjects overview:

  • Evolution of international human rights law and implementation mechanisms relevant to development
  • Legal and policy commitments to HRBA of key development actors
  • Five core principles of Human Rights Based Development
  • Applying the core principles to programme cycle management from situation analysis and needs assessment through programme design, implementation, management and impact evaluation
  • Applying the core principles in conflict and post-conflict environments
  • Key partners for HRBA - building relationships
  • Case studies from the Health, Education and Justice sectors.

The Programme is full-time, non-residential. The Training Programme Fee includes tuition, training materials, workshop refreshments as well as daily breakfast, lunch and the end of Training Programme dinner. Please note the Training Programme is non-residential and accommodation costs are not included in the fee.

  • The 2007 Programme fee is 1000 USD for individuals working with donors, international governmental agencies, international non-governmental agencies, Government agencies and consultants.
  • A Subsidised Training Programme Contribution of 400 USD is available for a limited number of representatives of national/ local NGOs. Please note that subsidised places are limited with priority given to early applicants.

Download the application form here. Completed applications and all queries related to the East Africa Training Programme should be addressed to .

**Priority will be given to completed applications received before 1 April 2007**