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Doing the Rights Thing

By Maxine Molyneux
ISBN: 9781853395680
The authors examine the ways in which rights-based strategies have been understood in development practice in Latin America. They stress the political and personal nature of development û especially the importance of enabling people to make their own demands of the state and other institutions.

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  • Synopsis
    What is 'rights-based development'? How is it being put into practice in different contexts? What is its potential to achieve more equitable and effective development outcomes? Governments, development agencies and NGOs concerned with poverty alleviation have increasingly sought to integrate rights into their work. The term 'rights-based development' has been coined to describe these efforts but there is limited understanding of how such approaches are being worked out in practice. The authors examine the ways in which rights-based strategies have been understood in development practice in Latin America. They stress the political and personal nature of development especially the importance of enabling people to make their own demands of the state and other institutions. Rights-based development work has involved combining ideas of citizenship, democracy, participation and empowerment in novel ways. This book contributes to the creation of a fuller understanding of this approach to development and reveals the potential that it offers in ongoing efforts to secure more equitable as well as more effective and inclusive development outcomes.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Contents, Acknowledgements, List of figures, tables and boxes, List of acronyms and abbreviations)
    1. Introduction
    2. Rights in development: conceptual issues
    3. Latin America: the right(s) time and the right(s) place
    4. NGOs and rights approaches
    5. Implementing rights: participation, empowerment and governance
    6. Campaigning for rights: violence against women and women’s citizenship
    7. Meeting challenges: problems with rights
    8. Consequences: organizational implications of the shift to rights
    9. Case studies
    10. Conclusions
    Back Matter (Appendix: NGOs in this book, Endnotes, References, Index)
  • Endorsements
    This excellent book provides a concise, clearly-written overview of key issues in the theory and practice of rights in relation to Latin American development NGOs. Wide-ranging and up-to-date, it should be essential reading for staff in development agencies of all kinds, as well as an indispensable text for students and researchers in the field.
    David Lewis, Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics

    This text offers a rare combination of analytical rigour and contextually and empirically grounded information …. It makes a crucial and necessary intervention to current debates about rights-based development. Compulsory reading for scholars, students and practitioners of development alike.
    Deniz Kandiyoti, Department of Development Studies,
    School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Maxine Molyneux
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 176
    Format Paperback / softback