Human Development And Human Rights
Regarding development and Human rights relation, Nelson and Dorsey (2003) identify three trends––a rights-based approach to development, collaborative campaigning by human rights and development NGOs, and the adoption of economic rights orientation by human rights groups––that are the substance of the growing interaction (pp.2014).
When we approach to development, the implementation should focus on the human needs and human sufferings affected by man-made disaster, natural disaster, or poverty. According to the Humanitarian Charter, the NGOs should …show more content…
If we look at the interrelation of development and human rights, the NGOs prioritize to implement development activities aligning with the minimum standards of human rights that will fulfil the need of targeted vulnerable group effectively. Notably, the rights will sometime align with international standards and sometimes the rights will be locally customized.
Certainly, if we affirm water as a “fundamental human right” and essential for life, health and human dignity, the development activity would be creating water supply facilities or water sources when there is not sufficient water available to meet the basic needs. For this water supply facilities and water sources, the development agency will have to comply the minimum standards of human rights to provide water.
For the combination of human right and development sectors, it signals a potential new source of influence for development groups that may partner with other NGOs from the human rights sector, adding strength to their international advocacy (Nelson & Dorsey, …show more content…
The aim is to maximize impact by addressing structural causes of poverty (pp.170).
To persuade decision makers, trust of the people on what you say is important. Because, in order to make an impact, we need to gain the trust of policy-makers and affected communities (IFRC, Disaster risk reduction: aglobal advocacy guide, 2012).
Bryer and Magrath (1999) assert that the decision to advocate jointly on issues of global concern requires discussions about relative strengths, careful assignment of roles, and recognition of power imbalances. Capacity building is almost always an essential part of current advocacy (P-173). In addition, we need to establish strong networks to influence stakeholders who especially create the policies, regulations and decisions. Sometimes, we should use media to influence public opinion.
Bryer and Magrath (1999) mention that advocacy offers an opportunity to improve the quality of the relationship between organizations in the south and north by moving beyond funding relationships to allow for joint evaluation of the causes of poverty and joint plans to address them