Lessons Learned From Rights-Based Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region

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Lessons Learned From Rights-Based Approaches in the Asia & Pacific Region - Documentation of Case Studies

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UNDP Lessons Learned Report


Upala Devi Banerjee (Ed.)

UNDP Bangkok Regional Centre / OHCHR Regional Office for Asia & Pacific

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Through a documentation of experiences from select countries in the Asia-Pacific region, these case studies endeavors to demonstrate how various rights-based approaches/strategies have been used by developmental agencies and civil society groups, including by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community- based organizations (CBOs) and citizens to successfully demand and claim rights for, and in participation with such poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups groups, often in conditions that can at best be termed challenging or at times, even inhospitable. From landless people in Bangladesh fighting for their right to land and a livelihood to poor farmers uniting to advocate for pro-poor farmers’ policies in Indonesia to starving people realizing their right to food in India to island communities accessing the legal and policy systems in the Pacific Islands, the cases documented culls together experiences that demonstrates that by using approaches that are not only rooted in the principles of participation,empowerment, accountability and transparency but that also looks at good governance, a receptive policy framework and access to justice as “non-negotiable” conditions that must exist in any country, marginalized and vulnerable groups can realize their rights.


1. Using rights-based strategies to secure land rigths for poor and vulnerable groups: The Nijera Kori experience in Bangladesh.

2. Adopting rigths-based strategies in conflict prevention and resolution: The UNESCO-inititated Education for Peace and Development project in Kampot province, Cambodia.

3. Using rights-based programming principles to develop capacities to claim rights: The Regional Rights-Based Resource Team (RRRT) UNDP Project in the Pacific Island countries.

4. Accessing primary education- The Sankalp and Madhya Pradesh educational guarantee scheme models: Case studies of rights-based approaches to designing an educational system for marginalized and vulnerable children in India.

5. The Right to Food campaign in India: A case study of entitlement-oriented rights-based strategies used to reclaim the Right to Food for vulnerable and marginalized groups.

6. United Nations Development Programme India: Strengthening access to the Right to Information via using rights-based programming approaches under a demand-supply capacity development programming strategy in the access to information projects.

7. Using rights-based processes towards building gender sensitive responses for women living with HIV/AIDS: The UNIFEM South-Asia Partnership with the Positive Women Network, India and Centre for Advocay and Research in India.

8. Ensuring sustainable livelihoods- using rights-based tools for implementing pro-small farmers' oriented policies in Klaten district, Central Java, Indonesia- An OXFAM GB- Indonesia case study.

9. United Nations Development Programme Indonesia: Strengthening access to justice and the rule of law in conflict-affected provinces: Process lessons learned while designing a rights-based approach to programming.

10. Adopting rights-based programming strategies towards developing capacities for accessing sustainaable water and sanitation facilities: The Nam Saat/SIDA/UNICEF partnership in Luang Prabang province in Laos- a case study.

11. Using rights-based approaches to mobilize for social justice: The Action Aid Nepal relect process.

12. Promoting media-community action for shaping rights based outcomes: The UNDP Philippines and Center for Community Journalism and Development partnership in the Western Visayas region.

13. The application of the human rights based approach to programming into the Common Country Assessment of the United Nations in Viet Nam: a case study.


See also


Asia & Pacific

External Resources


 Sida UNICEFLessons HRBA WatSan Laos 2005.pdf  LL Rights-based approach Asia case studies 2005.pdf

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