Rights-based approaches to development: Implications for NGOs

Shannon Kindornay, James Ron, Charli Carpenter

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The rights-based approach to development has swept through the global development assistance sector during the last fifteen years. As a result, bilateral development donors, international organizations, and development-oriented nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly committed, in theory, to implementing human rights. This commitment has dramatically accelerated the discursive and organizational merger of the global human rights and development policy communities. What impact-if any-has the rights-based approach had on the structure, resources, and work styles of development NGOs? This article offers five empirically grounded hypotheses to guide future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-506
Number of pages35
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012


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