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ActionAid's HRBA - an introduction

January 2013

Emma Pearce

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Transcript of ActionAid's HRBA - an introduction

Human Rights Based

8 Principles
1. We put people living in poverty first and enable their active agency as rights activists.
2. We analyse and confront unequal power.
3. We advance women's rights.
4. We work in partnership.
5. We are accountable and transparent.
6. We rigorously monitor and evaluate to evidence our impact.
7. We ensure links across levels - local, national, regional and international to ensure we are addressing structural causes of poverty.
8. We are innovative, solutions-oriented and promote credible alternatives.
Our vision
A world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity
Our theory of change
"We believe that an end to poverty and injustice can be achieved through purposeful individual and collective action, led by the active agency of people living in poverty and supported by solidarity, credible rights based alternatives and campaigns that address the structural causes and consequences of poverty."
ActionAid's approach to development
Charity and welfare
No challenge to system of injustice and inquality
Provided school uniforms and materials only to sponsored children
Little changed
Basic needs approach
Worked with families and communities
Focused on meeting basic needs
Improved the quality of lives
A 'drop in the ocean'
No challenge to unequal power relations
Supporting empowerment
Supported communities to help themselves and to make their voices heard
Flowering of participatory methodologies
Researched alternative policies and lobbied governments
Shift towards addressing the causes of poverty
Working for human rights
Poverty as a violation of human rights
Building local 'rights holders' organisations and linking them to others
Working in partnership with local people as rights activists
Holding duty bearers to account.
Explicit focus on women's rights.
People's Action to End Poverty
Why human rights?
Poverty is a violation of human rights
The state can be
held responsible
for respecting, protecting and fulfilling rights
Most fundamental needs are enshrined in specific human rights frameworks
The struggle for rights opens doors for more fundamental social, economic and political change
In order to tackle gender inequality we must confront the violation of women's rights
3 Pillars
Conscientisation - building critical awareness.
Organising and mobilising for action.
Monitoring public policies and budgets.
Developing communications skills and platforms.
Responding to vulnerability and needs through rights based approaches to service delivery.
Sponsoring children and donating money.
Linking different struggles.
Taking action - demonstrations, letter writing, etc.
Using communications to raise visibility
Building a research / evidence base.
Mass mobilisation
Mass communications to engage key people and encourage others to act
10 key change promises
5 strategic

1. Promoting sustainable agriculture and control over natural resources
2. Advancing people's influence and holding governments and corporates accountable
3. Improving quality public education and promoting youth mobilisation
4. Building resilience and responding to disasters
5. Ensuring women control their bodies and have access to economic alternatives
1. Securing women's
land rights
2. Promoting sustainable
3. Holding governments to account on public services
4. Achieving fair redistribution
of resources to finance public policies
5. Transforming education
for girls and boys
6. Harnessing youth leadership
to end poverty and injustice
7. Building people's resilience
to conflict and disasters
8. Responding to disasters
through rights
9. Increasing women's and girls' control over their bodies
10. Generating women-centred
economic alternatives
Our mission
To work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice.
Mutual respect
Equity and justice
Honesty and transparency
Solidarity with the poor
Courage of conviction
Our values
Builds on international human rights law BUT also:
flows from our values and our strategy
goes beyond a legal or technical approach to rights
challenging abuses of power at local, national, international level
taking sides with people living in poverty
thinking and acting globally and locally
working in partnership - developing stronger organisations in the south
What's unique about ActionAid's HRBA?
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