Rights based approach
A human rights based approach considers all people equal, development should benefit all individuals. Therefore, when using this approach all development initiatives should work towards enabling equity in water and sanitation projects. To view examples of this approach please see implementing a rights based approach.
Rather than focusing purely on the economic growth of a State, a human rights approach focuses attention upon vulnerable individuals to ensure that no one is excluded.
It addresses power disparities and works towards social justice. By defining the the roles and responsibilities of both the duty bearer and the right holder it places responsibility upon the government and empowers individuals to claim what they are entitled to. It is participatory, ensuring all benefactors have their issues and views addressed.
The human rights approach to development tackles the discrimination and exclusion that are root causes of impoverishment.
The strength of the human rights based approach to development is that it is based on international human rights legal obligations, voluntarily adopted by states around the world. For more information on the benefits of rights see Why Rights.
Recognising that all individuals have their own unique potential, only needing the freedom and opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, the human rights based approach to development focuses on empowerment.