Experiences in Rights-Based Development Programming Panel July 2019

Updated: July 2019
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Experiences in Rights-Based Development Programming 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

10:00am - 11:30am 

Pact, 1828 L Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036

How does a rights lens change how we approach development challenges? Many donors, implementing agencies and civil society organizations build programming around rights-based approaches (RBAs), which use human rights commitments, as well as domestic laws and policies, to meet development objectives. RBAs attempt to go beyond merely addressing the needs of individuals by empowering citizens as rights-holders and building the capacity of duty-bearers. The organizations that use this approach encounter unique conceptual and operational challenges that help illuminate how applying a rights lens can improve outcomes in sectors ranging from health to gender equality to electoral processes. 

Join us for a panel discussion in which development practitioners will share their experiences with RBAs to programming across a broad range of sectors. The interactive conversation ill focus on the practical questions of RBA programming, such as: How do implementers determine when an RBA versus traditional sector programming is appropriate? How explicitly should an RBA focus on rights? How does the management and implementation of RBA programs differ from traditional sector programs? What kind of mindsets are required of program teams? How do we ensure colleagues and stakeholders comfortable with RBAs?

Discussants will include: 

Virginia Atkinson, Inclusion Advisor at International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Emily Janoch, Director, Knowledge Management and Learning at CARE

Andrew Solomon, Senior Rule of Law Advisor at USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance 

Brian White, Senior Technical Advisor, Community Strengthening at Pact 

Moderator: Mason Ingram, Global Director, Governance at Pact 

Pact's handbook for USAID staff and implementing partners on applying RBAs to development activities is available at The guidance was developed with support from USAID under the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM), which is implemented by the Freedom-House led "Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions" Consortium (PROGRESS). 

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