In recent years human rights have assumed a central position in the discourse surrounding international development, while human rights agencies have begun to more systematically address economic and social rights. This edited volume brings together distinguished scholars to explore the merging of human rights and development agendas at local, national and international levels. They examine how this merging affects organisational change, operational change and the role of relevant actors in bringing about change. With a focus on practice and policy rather than pure theory, the volume also addresses broader questions such as what human rights and development can learn from one another, and whether the connections between the two fields are increasing or declining.

The book is structured in three sections:

  • Part I looks at approaches that combine human rights and development, including chapters on drivers of change; indicators; donor; and legal empowerment of the poor.
  • Part II focuses on organisational contexts and includes chapters on the UN at the country level; EU development cooperation; PLAN’s children’s rights-based approach; and ActionAid’s human rights-based approach.
  • Part III examines country contexts, including chapters on the ILO in various settings; the Congo; Ethiopia; and South Africa.

Human Rights and Development in the new Millennium: Towards a Theory of Change will be of strong interest to students and scholars of human rights, development studies, political science and economics.

chapter 1|26 pages

What are We Trying to Change?

Theories of change in development and human rights

part I|80 pages


chapter 3|20 pages

Human Rights Indicators and MDG Indicators

Building a common language for human rights and development organizations

chapter 4|20 pages

Means, Modes and Methods

Donor support strategies for child rights in Kenya

part II|85 pages

Organisational contexts

chapter 6|22 pages

Overcoming the Promotion–Protection Dichotomy

Human rights-based approaches to development and organisational change within the UN at country level

chapter 7|18 pages

EU Development Cooperation

The contours of global and national engagement

chapter 8|28 pages

Countering Violence Against Children in the Philippines

Positive RBA practice examples from Plan

part III|107 pages

Country contexts

chapter 11|22 pages

Skimming the Surface

Human rights-related donor interventions in the Bas-Congo

chapter 12|18 pages

A Change of Road for the Rights-Based Approach?

A reflection on piloting a health-enabling mobile technology programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 1

chapter 13|19 pages

The Ethiopian Law Governing Civil Society Organizations

Divorcing human rights and development?