Global Initiative - ESCR discusses human rights based approach to development at InterAction Forum 2012
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights participated at the InterAction Forum 2012. The annual InterAction Forum is one of the largest gatherings of international development and humanitarian professionals in the United States. The Global Initiative - ESCR provided a perspective from the human rights community on a panel entitled Rights-Based Approaches in Practice: Evidence of Realized Potential. Concrete examples of the efficacy of the human rights based approach to development were examined and a call for deeper collaboration between the human rights, and in particular economic, social and cultural rights, community and the development sector was made, including for a more robust, concerted and focused push to include human rights at the core of any post-2015 development framework.
Rights Based Approaches in Practice: Evidence of Realized Potential (Jefferson) This workshop focuses on the conceptual and practical aspects of rights-based approaches to development, and highlights how these approaches serve to strengthen and improve development outcomes. To begin, this panel addresses the meaning of rights-based approaches, and explores avenues for deepened cross-sector collaboration between the human rights and development communities, with a spotlight on the achievement of economic, social and cultural rights. Additionally, this session presents the generally positive results of two independent evaluations of rights-based program effectiveness. This new evidence from the field supports the case in favor of rights-based approaches to development for donors, practitioners and advocates.
Moderator: Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director for Education and Practitioner Engagement, Transnational NGO Initiative at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University
Speakers: Bret Thiele, Co-Executive Director, The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Elise Young, Senior Policy Analyst, Haiti International Campaign Coordinator, ActionAid USA Justin Fugle, Senior Program Manager, Plan USA