What is meant by a rights-based approach to development?
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A rights-based approach to development describes situations not simply in terms of human needs, or of developmental requirements, but in terms of society's obligations to respond to the inalienable rights of individuals, empowers people to demand justice as a right, not as charity, and gives communities a moral basis from which to claim international assistance when needed. A rights-based approach to development sets the achievement of human rights as an objective of development. It uses thinking about human rights as a scaffolding of development policy. It invokes the international apparatus of human rights accountability in support of development action.In all of these, it is concerned with not just civil and political rights but also with economic, social and cultural rights. Further,the implementation of a rights-based approach implies that performance standards be set.
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