Title
Failures and successes of human rights-based approaches to development : towards a change perspective Failures and successes of human rights-based approaches to development : towards a change perspective
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Nordic journal of human rights. - Abingdon, 2014, currens
Volume/pages
32(2014) :4 , p. 291-311
ISSN
1891-8131
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c:vabb:380595
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Human rights-based approaches to development (HRBADs) seem to be grounded in assumptions of change that remain implicit and therefore often undebated. These assumptions of change play at two levels, i.e. that of organisational change and that of social change. The main emphasis of this article is on organisational change as the logical precursor to social change. Explanatory factors for the challenges in introducing HRBADs in development organizations include the different legitimizing anchors that both use (normative versus empirical), as well as the differences in disciplinary backgrounds of staff and in role definition (confrontation versus collaboration with the state). An important finding is that result-based management and HRBADs may be more difficult to reconcile than often believed. The tension between both may be illustrative of the fundamental differences that continue to characterize development and human rights approaches, notwithstanding the rapprochement that has taken place over the past decade(s). We argue that more empirical work is needed in order to better understand organisational and social change through HRBADs.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/a97c68/f503efe897d.pdf
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