In Human Rights and Development, award-winning author Peter Uvin extends the examination of development aid and human rights violations that he presented in his book on the Rwandan genocide, Aiding Violence. Whereas that book is diagnostic, Human Rights and Development is prescriptive - a response to requests from development and human rights organizations to help them effect strategies for reducing conflict and improving human rights outcomes. By advocating a rights-based approach to development, Uvin shows how practitioners can surmount the tough ethical and human rights obstacles encountered in their endeavors. But Human Rights and Development is much more than a ""how to"" book for practitioners. It is also a major scholar's profound, passionate, and clearly written analysis of the need to effect principled social change throughout the global arena that solidifies rather than fragments our common humanity.
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.
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