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Spring 2012, Details
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Training 6
Thursday, April 5, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
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"Analytical tools for the human rights-based approach to development"

Facilitator: Felisa Tibbitts

Felisa Tibbitts is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where she directs the Human Rights in Education Initiative. Felisa is also Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Founder/Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).

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More about the training::

Human rights standards and principles increasingly are being infused within development programming carried out by the United Nations and development agencies. This infusion is intended to reframe development work as efforts to promote social, economic and cultural rights and to show the inter-dependence of these rights with political and civil rights.

The training will begin with an overview of the core components of the human rights-based approach (HRBA) and a case example that illustrates how these can be reflected in program planning and implementation. Using an example from our own learning environment, we will engage in an abbreviated, three-step analytic process for carrying out a rights-based situation analyses: root cause analysis, identification of duty bearers and rights holders, and capacity gap analysis.

In this training we bear in mind the following questions: What is the potential value-added of HRBA to the quality and effectiveness of development programming? What is the potential value-added of HRBA to the translation of human rights norms into concrete program guidance?

More about Felisa Tibbitts:

Tibbitts is a human rights education specialist who has taught hundreds of development and humanitarian workers in HREA’s online courses human rights-based approach to development (HRBA) and child rights-focused programming. She has trained UN staff from the Southeast Asia Regional Office, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Toronto Provincial Advocates Office in the human rights-based approach to programming and has integrated HRBA sessions into the courses that she teachers at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as the Graduate School of Education.

Tibbitts was retained by the United Nations Development Programme in 2007 to elaborate a toolkit for integrating HRBA indicators within UN country planning documents: Guide for Applying Indicators within United Nations Human Rights-Based Programming. This resource is now used as a resource for internal trainings organized by the United Nations System Staff College.

Tibbitts regularly works with a range of agencies, including the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and the Open Society Institute. As a technical specialist she promotes the inclusion of the rights-based approach within key policy documents, including most recently the OSCE/ODIHR Guidelines for Human Right Education for Secondary Schools (2011) and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards Handbook (2010).

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