Rights-based Approach in Development (FAQ)

What are rights in development?

People are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. The international community has therefore pledged to eradicate poverty, to promote full and productive employment, and to foster social integration to achieve stable, safe and just societies for all.

What is development from a human rights perspective?

The rights-based definition of development in the Declaration on the Right to Development sees it as a comprehensive economic, social, cultural and political process.

What is a rights-based approach to development?

A rights-based approach to development is a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights.

Is there only one rights-based approach?

There is no single, universally agreed rights-based approach, although there may be an emerging consensus on the basic constituent elements.

Are rights-based approaches new?

While it has recently received unprecedented attention, the idea of rights-based approaches is not a new concept. Many of its elements have been tried and tested for years.

How do rights-based approaches differ and what is the value added?

Rights-based approaches bring the promise of more effective, more sustainable, more rational and more genuine development processes.

What are the main development concerns of indigenous peoples?

National development processes have often failed to include the free and meaningful participation of indigenous peoples.

What about the gender dimension of development?

Rights-based approaches to development emphasize non-discrimination, attention to vulnerability and empowerment. Women and girls are among the first victims of discrimination. In fact, it is consider also the inclusion of person with special needs, including person with disabilities to realize equal rights.


Rights Based Approach Society (Delhi) has adopted Rights Based Approaches to strive for a sustainable development of underdeveloped part of the Community.