Integration of the human-rights-based approach into development policies: A guide for the new EU Member States
This guide Integration of the human-rights-based approach into development policies: A guide for the new EU Member States aims to provide practical guidance on how the human-rights-based approach (HRBA) could be applied in the development policy and programming process in the New Member States. It is a follow-up tool to Minority Rights Group (MRG) Europe’s policy paper The Human Rights-based Approach: A More Effective Framework for International Development Policies in New EU Member States, which analyses the relevance of the human rights-based approach (HRBA) for New EU Member States.The tools presented provide a general guide to development planning and implementation. They are applicable to any thematic area, ranging from infrastructure development to social development and beyond. Specific focus is given to three countries, all of which are holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during 2011 and 2012: Hungary, Poland and Cyprus.This guide targets decision makers, government officials, ministries and development practitioners, as well NGOs, working on development policy and programming in New EU Member States, with special regard to Hungary, Poland and Cyprus. Commissioned by MRG Europe under the EC-funded project ‘From Needs to Rights: Promoting More Effective Development Policies in Europe’, the guide was launched at a Roundtable for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus on 12 September, and at the International Conference on the future of development cooperation in New EU Member States on 15 September.