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Human Rights and Development

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Acknowledgments/Abbreviations and Acronyms; Introduction 1; Part I: Some Debates Of Relevance To The Development Practitioner; Chapter 1 Background; The Big Picture; The Human Rights Debates; Chapter 2 The Legal Challenges; The Charge of Eurocentrism; The Contested Nature of Second- and Third-Generation Rights; Part I: Human Rights In The Practice Of Development; Chapter 3 The Basics; Rhetorical Incorporation; Chapter 4 Political Conditionality; History of Conditionality; Difficulties; Beyond Aid Conditionality; Conclusion; Chapter 5 Positive Support; The Practice of Positive Support; The Tools of Positive Support; Does Positive Support - If Not All Aid - Undermine Governance by Definition?; Conclusion; Post-Script: The Issue of Coherence; Chapter 6 A Rights-Based Approach to Development; Vision; Process; Some Practical Implications of a Rights-Based Approach to Development; Conclusion; Chapter 7 Final Synthesis and Questions; A Synthesis of the Arguments; A Step Back: Big Trends and Questions; Choices Among Rights; A Fear: Is This Agenda Too Interventionist?; Notes / Bibliography / Index

About the Author

Peter Uvin is the Henry J. Leir Associate Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He received his doctorate in international relations from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internat onales, University of Geneva. He has been a Research Associate Professor at the Watson Institute of International Affairs, Brown University, and has taught at New Hampshire College and the Graduate School of Development Studies, Geneva. For the last 20 years, he has worked periodically in Africa as a development practitioner and consultant, recently collaborating with UNDP, the OECD, and Belgian, Dutch, Danish, and British bilateral agencies. His earlier book for Kumarian Press, Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda, won the 1999 African Studies Association Herskovits Award for the most outstanding book on Africa.


"Advances an analysis of the need to effect social change at a global level and advocates a rights-based approach to economic development."

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