A report prepared for the Joint Initiative of the Participation Group-IDS and Just Associates.
As demands for fairer public policies and government accountability increase across the world, two broad civil society groups – the human rights community and the development community – are building on each other’s experiences in an effort to forge more effective combined strategies to address poverty, exclusion, and political abuse. Each brings different strengths and visions to this new intersection of ideas and approaches. Rights organizations bring their work with governments and the international human rights system on issues of state repression and legal reform while development organizations offer their experience with grassroots groups on promoting local participation in community programs on livelihood and leadership. As organizations explore these potential intersections, a range of international institutions and donors have further shaped thinking and strategies with their own analysis, interpretations and funding priorities. The evolution of this trend is marked by both hopes and questions regarding the potential and promise this integration may offer.