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Promising Practices: On the human rights-based approach in German development cooperation Peace-building: Support to survivors of gender-based violence and to indigenous people in Colombia

Numerous civilians have fallen victim to the armed conflict between the Colombian government and paramilitary structures in Colombia since the mid-1960s. In 2003, the warring parties finally reached a peace agreement, enabling the Government of Colombia to establish a legal framework for transitional justice measures that seek to fulfill the rights of the conflict-afflicted, with particular regard to women and indigenous people. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has initiated the "Support for the Colombian Peace Process Programme" (ProFis) in order to provide support to Colombia with implementing the "Justice and Peace Law" in accordance with international legal provisions and principles of transitional justice.

This publication describes the implementation of measures taken within the framework of ProFis. It presents results and discusses remaining challenges.

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Author: GIZ

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March 2017

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Promising Practices: Strengthening the African human rights system

Most African states have enshrined human rights in their respective constitutions. However, national justice systems often lack the capacities to deal with human rights violations or the political situation in some countries does not allow for an independent, strong judiciary. At the regional level, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights - established in 2004 by the African Union - and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (set up in 1987) have great potential to fill this protection gap at the national level and contribute to the promotion of human rights on the continent.  In 2007, German development cooperation set up the project „Strengthening the African Court on Human and Peoples‘ Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to contribute to the improvement of the African human rights protection mechanism. This Promising Practice describes the measures implemented by the project as well as its impact and lessons learned.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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January 2016

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Promising Practices: Consult - Consent - Cooperate: Integrating indigenous practices in biodiversity conservation in the Agusan Marsh, Mindanao, Philippines

In the management of protected biodiversity areas, indigenous knowledge systems and practices, particularly those concerning conservation, have not been fully recognised in the Philippines. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as embedded in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Acts (IPRA) of the Philippines, to ensure the participation of indigenous peoples in decisions-making when programmes, projects and activities affect ancestral domains has not been effectively implemented by governmental institutions. In 2011, the Philippine and German Governments agreed on working together on ‘Indigenous Practices for the Conservation of Biodiversity’ under the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Program (COSERAM) with the aim of fully implementing FPIC policy under the IPRA. This Promising Practice describes impacts and challenges of the Philippine-German Programme and concludes with lessons learnt.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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November 2015

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Promising Practices: Effective Participation of Zambian Civil Society Organisations in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review

In the context of Zambia’s latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, the Civil Society Participation Programme (CSPP) supported a coalition of civil society organisations (CSO’s). The programme is implemented by GIZ and aimed at turning the UPR into a broad and participatory process to achieve more commitment towards the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in Zambia. The publication describes the measures applied by the programme to achieve this as well as its impact and challenges. It concludes with lessons learnt.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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December 2014

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Promising Practices: Health – Reproductive Health and Rights Youths’ Access to Information in Yemen

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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September 2014

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Promising Practices: Adequate housing: Urban development planning in Brazil & participation, habitability and accessibility

In Fortaleza the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, DED) supported the two partner organisations Nuhab, a network of non-governmental actors, and Habitafor, the Municipal Agency for Social Housing in Fortaleza. The objective of the cooperation was to facilitate local development processes to achive human living conditions for the urban poor. The document describes the processes in Fortaleza and concludes with lessons learned.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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May 2014

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Promising Practices: Improving Labour Rights in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh

In recent years Bangladesh has witnessed a sturdy annual economic growth that has mainly been due to the rapid development of the ready-made garment (RMG) sector of the textile industry. The RMG industry contributes to the realisation of livelihood rights of predominantly poor and unskilled workers with little income alternatives. At the same time violations of minimum human rights standards, such as unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, are commonplace. The objective of the Bangladesh-German programme ‘Promotion of the Social and Environmental Standards’ (PSES)’ is to improve social and environmental standards in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry. The publication describes how the programme has applied elements of a human-rights based approach, as well as its impact and challenges. It concludes with lessons learnt.  

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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May 2014

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Promising Practices: Health - A Patients' Rights Charter in Cambodia

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

3 pages

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May 2014

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Promising Practices: Islam, HIV and AIDS and Human Rights in Tanzania

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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May 2014

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Promising Practices: Education - Setting participation in motion for education in Peru

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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May 2014

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Promising Practices: Local Governance - Accountable Public Services in Indonesia

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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May 2014

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Promising Practices: Justice Reform - Improving the Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh

Prisons in Bangladesh are severely overcrowded. This is due to an inefficient, irregular and anachronistic criminal justice system. Many people, particularly the poor, face severe violations of their human rights. The objective of the joint Bangladesh-German project ‘Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh’ (IRSOP) is to reduce prison overcrowding and improve legal protection for poor and vulnerable prisoners. There is a focus on speeding up the release of those detainees whose detention was unlawful or disproportionate, especially women, children and other disadvantaged groups.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 p.

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September 2013

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Compilation - Promising Practices on the human rights-based approach in German development cooperation

This document provides information on various development cooperation programmes in different sectors and from countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. All programmes introduced have put into practice elements of a human rights-based approach, and the examples flesh out the added value of the human rights-based approach and its impact.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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26 p.

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September 2013

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Promising Practice: Health - Ensuring inclusion and access to quality health care in Kenya

A majority of Kenyans faces difficulties in claiming their right to health including adequate healthcare. Since 2006, the German-Kenyan Health Sector Programme has adopted a human rights-based approach. Its objective is to improve equitable access – especially for the poor and marginalised groups comprising those affected by HIV/AIDS – to affordable and good quality healthcare, particularly in the area of reproductive health. The document describes impact and challenges of the German-Kenyan Health Sector Programme and concludes with lessons learned.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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4 p.

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July 2013

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Promising Practices: Water and sanitation - Ensuring access for the urban poor in Kenya

Kenya suffers from chronic water shortages due to the relationship between limited available resources, population growth and environmental degradation. Women and children are particularly affected. Management of water resources is improving due to a comprehensive water sector reform process which started in 2002 – albeit slowly. The German-Kenyan Programme "Reform of the Water Sector" aims to increase the sustainable access of the urban poor to water and sanitation. The document describes process, impact and challenges of the German-Kenyan Programme "Reform of the Water Sector" and concludes with lessons learned.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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4 p.

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July 2013

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Promising Practices: Education: PACE – A rights-based vision among education officials in Guatemala

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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4 p.

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November 2012

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Promising Practices: Local Governance: Responsiveness of local administration in Guatemala

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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4 p.

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August 2009

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