During the last year, the MHR program has expanded the involvement of students at the
Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in many significant ways.
First, it has incorporated students participating in their Policy Analysis Exercises (PAE)
with program research activities in developing countries such as Mexico and Sierra Leone.
Second, it has organized lectures and workshops at the Carr Center on topics related to
the core mission of the program.
Third, it has collaborated with such principal human rights courses as “International
Childhood, Rights & Globalization” with Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, and “Human
Rights and International Politics” with Professor Mathias Risse.
The MHR Associate Research Fellows program continued with new Ph.D students. Over the course
of the academic year, these talented scholars have been working on developing and refining
policy papers that focus on different aspects of the role of measurement in human rights.
Within the Harvard community, the MHR program continued with the Harvard University
Committee on Human Rights Studies, and also began a new collaboration with the Harvard
School of Public Health (HSPH).
Outside the HKS community, the MHR program has been organizing interventions in multiple
international conferences, as well as directing interventions to strengthen national
capacity in developing nations (this year in Mexico and Sierra Leone) towards the design
of evidence-based policies on human rights. These interventions have been accomplished
in conjunction with various governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local
universities and United Nations (UN) organizations.
The program has also held executive workshops, lectures and training for national
stakeholders as part of its primary research activities.
The MHR program intensified its collaboration network with international
organizations, NGOs, and governments. It has established a greater relationship with the
UN through a series of projects, such as with the Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) on measuring compliance with the right to development; with the
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on evidence-based child protection policy in Sierra Leone;
with the World Bank on evaluation techniques regarding hidden and marginal populations;
with the UN Institute for Training Research on migration data; and with the UN Evaluation
Group on integrating human rights and gender equality perspectives in evaluation methods
of the UN system. New partnerships have also been promoted with governments, local NGOS
and universities in Sierra Leone, Mexico, and Europe.