A Human Rights Based Approach to Development Planning

Course dates: 2 weeks, March 27 – April 7, 2017
Country: All
Type of learning event: Interdisciplinary learning programme
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Target Group
Senior development practitioners from ministries, national institutions, local government bodies and civil society organizations who are involved in and in a position to influence decisions regarding development programming and implementation and/or strategy development and implementation.


  • Key Human Rights and HRBA principles and international framework of standards and mechanisms (e-learning to be completed prior to the course)
  • Introduction, course concepts, introduction to DFC
  • Setting the stage: The Human Rights Framework – historical overview and contemporary practice
  •  HRBA to planning: Strategizing and planning for realization of human rights in development interventions
  • A HRBA to implementation: Implementing and managing development interventions for realization of human rights
  • A HRBA to Monitoring and evaluation: M&E of realization of human rights (what, how, when)
  • Presentation and evaluation: Compiling and presenting action plans, wrap-up, evaluation


Overall aim
To provide participants with a contemporary understanding of the linkage between human rights and (human) development and the ability to integrate and apply key principles of a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) in their own practice within their organizations and institutions.

Overall course objectives
By applying the principles and tools related to the HRBA and through own action planning, participants will acquire theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills with regard to HRBA as well as professional competences to apply HRBA to development planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Course outcomes

  • Be able to explain and relate core concepts of human rights and HRBA to development, including how HRBA is applied in Denmark’s development cooperation
  • Be able to explain the essential concepts and elements of the key human rights instruments and mechanisms (national, regional and international) supporting a HRBA to development, and identify the key limitations and challenges related to HRBA, through exposure to cases and examples of real life challenges and benefits of a HRBA
  • Be able to correctly identify and demonstrate use of core principles related to HRBA:
  1. Applying the human rights system & standards;
  2. Participation and Empowerment;
  3. Non-discrimination, Equality & Vulnerable groups;
  4. Accountability by using available tools and guidelines, and present their findings to the other participants
  • Have developed action plans relevant to their own organizations/institutions and their individual position, which will guide the application of HBRA to development, and demonstrate a keen interest and willingness to see these implemented
  • Be able to explain the rationale behind and benefits of a HRBA to development, and to guide and mentor fellow staff members of their home organizations, as well as potential partners, on the application of HRBA
  • Be able to identify and apply key human rights based tools, and lead or support the application of HRBA at a strategic level and in the different phases of development programming in their organizations and in their national context.


Two weeks in Copenhagen

The course will be conducted by Nordic Consulting Group (NCG) at the premises of MS Action Aid Denmark, Copenhagen.

The learning programme is co-funded by Danida Capacity Development Support Programme. After selection of participants, the Danida programmes/projects are charged a non-refundable amount of DKK 7,000 per participant per tutorial week in Denmark, in total DKK 14,000. This covers study fee, accommodation, allowances, insurance and international airfare.