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Rights-Based Approaches to Development

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Part 1) The rise of rights-based approaches to development; 1) Introduction - Diana Mitlin and Sam Hickey; 2) Linking rights and development: Some critical challenges - Robert Archer; 3) The rights of the rich versus the rights of the poor - John Gledhill; Part II) Rights, governmentality and citizenship; 4) Exploring a political approach to rights-based development in North West Cameroon: From rights and marginality to citizenship and justice- Jeidoh Duni, Robert Fon, Sam Hickey and Nuhu Salihu; 5) Recognition or misrecognition?: Pitfalls of indigenous peoples' free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)- Katsuhiko Masaki; Part III: Do rights-based approaches offer a pro-poor route to development?; 6) Property rights and rights-based sustainable livelihoods- Leonith Hinojosa-Valencia; 7) Re-interpreting the rights-based approach - a grassroots perspective on rights and development- Sheela Patel and Diana Mitlin; Part IV: From voluntarism to empowerment?; 8) Rethinking agency, rights and natural resource management- Frances Cleaver; 9) 'We are also human': Identity and power in gender relations - Michael Drinkwater; Part V: The operational implications of rights-based approaches; 10) Rights-based development: The challenge of change and power for development NGOs - Jennifer Chapman in collaboration with Valerie Miller, Adriano Campolina Soares and John Samuel; 11) The 'human rights-based approach to programming': A contradiction in terms? - Lauchlan T. Munro; Part VI) Conclusions and ways forward; 12) The potential and pitfalls of rights-based approaches to development - Sam Hickey and Diana Mitlin.


At a time when a concern with issues of rights seems to be dropping off the development agenda, this book is a timely reminder of why rights matter. It brings together critical reflection on existing "rights-based" discourse and practice with insights into what's needed to make rights real.

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