“A human right to development – Moving beyond the rhetoric”, by Salma Yusuf and Jennifer Woodham


It is argued – and generally accepted – that although there has been observed a general willingness to express rhetorical support for a human right to development (RTD), there has been observed a related tendency to ‘neglect its basic precepts in development practice’. Consequently, there exists a significant gulf between the ‘rhetoric’ and the ‘reality’ of development practice. Continue reading ““A human right to development – Moving beyond the rhetoric”, by Salma Yusuf and Jennifer Woodham”


Rio2012: ¿Queremos un futuro sin derechos humanos?

En menos de dos meses tendrá lugar en Río de Janeiro la Conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre Desarrollo Sostenible (Rio2012). El lema de la Conferencia es ‘El futuro que queremos’. La Conferencia se desarrolla sobre dos ejes centrales: a) una economía ‘verde’ para la erradicación de la pobreza; y b) un marco institucional apto para el desarrollo sostenible. La organización de Rio2012 ha identificado siete áreas prioritarias de atención pública: a) trabajo digno; b) política energética; c) ciudades sostenibles; d) seguridad alimentaria; e) acceso al agua; f) cuidado de los océanos; y g) prevención de desastres naturales y recuperación pronta y eficaz frente a los mismos.

Entre los ejes, áreas prioritarias, documentos, vídeos, etc. hay un ingrediente que brilla por su ausencia: Continue reading “Rio2012: ¿Queremos un futuro sin derechos humanos?”

Self Impact Assessment: A Comparative Analysis of Development and Human Rights Non Governmental Organizations

Author: Koldo Casla

Published in International Affairs Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2010


In the last few years, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have accepted the responsibility of assessing their own impact to determine what actions and policies positively affect people’s lives. Many organizations have developed tools and good practices in this regard. NGOs in the field of international development began this journey several years ago. However, human rights groups have been slower in the task. For example, Amnesty International formally adopted in 2008 the same impact assessment methodology (Dimensions of Change) that Save the Children has been working with since at least 2003. This paper follows the comparative method of “Most Similar Systems Design” (MSSD). It compares different outcomes across similar units. The paper begins with a short presentation of the debate regarding the necessary conditions for a successful NGO and impact assessment as a matter of accountability. The paper will also present the progressive intersections between development and human rights NGOs. Finally, it will explain why development organizations have advanced more than human rights organizations in the assessment of their own impact.

FULL ARTICLE available here.