Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-based development and Latin American NGOs.

Author:

Molyneux, M. and S. Lazar.

Editor:

Date:

2003

Region:

Latin America

Theme:

Gender, Development & Rights

Language:

English

Publisher:

Full Harvard Reference:

Molyneux, M. and S. Lazar. (2003) Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-based development and Latin American NGOs. London: Intermediate Technology Development Group. pp. 1-176.


This book examines the ways that rights-based strategies have been understood in development practice in Latin America. It is based on research carried out with NGOs working with women and indigenous people in Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua and Bolivia, the latter three being among the poorest countries in the region. Rights-based development work has involved combining ideas of citizenship, democracy, participation and empowerment in novel ways. Doing the Rights Thing will contribute to the creation of a fuller understanding of this new approach to development and reveal the potential that it offers in ongoing efforts to secure more equitable as well as more effective and inclusionary development outcomes.