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RDC-8 tackles integration of rights-based approach in dev't policies

Tacloban City (February 9) -- The Development Administration Committee of the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas is set to meet on February 9, 2009 in order to tackle among others, the integration of the rights-based approach in the development policies, plans and programs.

Department of Budget and Management Regional Director Imelda Laceras who is the chairperson of the committee informed that the meeting will be conducted from 8:00 o'clock in the morning to 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon at the NEDA 8 Conference Room.

The rights-based approach is seen as a means of empowering people to exercise their voice, and influence processes of change and social transformation. It is also a means of helping the state to clarify its responsibilities towards its citizens by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their rights.

It is also a means of helping donors to identify how pro-poor political change can best be supported and a means of helping to support principles of international conventions into practical action.

A rights-based approach to development supposes that participatory and democratic governance and rule of law are needed to assure these and other fundamental rights and freedoms to subsistence, participation and security.

A human rights based approach to development requires that development interventions (projects and programs) reflect, above all, not breaking fundamental human rights (the "no harm" principle) and that explicit linkages are made to human rights standards in policies and programs.

It further assumes that human rights implementation is defined as an overarching goal of development; that it is recognized and reflected that the state should uphold a legally grounded accountability to human rights respect, protection and fulfillment, and thus secure capabilities and freedoms of people; that development policies and programs are making people active subjects of development by social, political and legal empowerment, including empowerment of people to claim their rights and that the principle of non-discrimination is respected, and that social equality enhanced. In particular, development interventions should draw attention to vulnerable groups.

Aside from the rights-based approach to development, the Committee will also conduct a planning workshop for the DAC 2009 work program. (PIA 8) [top]

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