Rights-Based Programming

Rights-Based Programming

21 March 2007 - 12 June 2007

This distance learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to rights-based programming. A human rights-based approach 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. Essentially, a human rights-based approach integrates the norms, standards and principles of the international human rights system into the plans, policies and processes of programme development.

Participants will deepen their knowledge about project and programme development from a human rights framework and learn how to apply the principles of equity, empowerment, participation and accountability to various phases of project planning and implementation. Participants will also gain sensitivity to how programs can integrate non-discriminatory practice and give attention to vulnerable groups. The course will focus on practical tools for human rights situation assessment, programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation within the rights-based conceptual framework.

The course involves approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructors/facilitators and assignments, and is offered over a 10-week period, beginning on 21 March 2007. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. The course instructor will provide individualized feedback where appropriate. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.

Level: professional

Location: Internet (e-learning)

Participants: staff members of development and human rights/social justice organisations

Tuition, fee, lodging: The course tuition fee is € 525 (tuition for auditors is € 200). A limited number of scholarships is available for applicants from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe/Newly Independent States, Latin America/Caribbean, based on financial need.

Additional information and application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/5E.html.

Application deadline: 1 December 2006.

Contact Information:
Distance Learning Programme
P.O. Box 382396
Cambridge, MA
Fax: +1 617 249-0278
E-mail: applications@hrea.org
Web: http://www.hrea.org