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Human Rights, Democracy and Development


Human Rights, Local Democracy and Development in Mongolia:

Foundation staff provided training on human rights and participatory democracy to UNESCO staff and, through training trainers, 36 nomadic communities in post-Soviet Mongolia. This project, which was funded by UNESCO and UNDP, provided the opportunity for local governance institutions and citizens to work together to improve local government.  It was a participatory development project that emphasised the links between human rights, democratic governance and sustainable development.  We also carried out an evaluation of the project.



Local Indigenous Management in Bolivia:

As part of the UNESCO / DANIDA Programme on Human Rights, this project sought to improve the legal and social position of indigenous peoples, through integrating them into the local governance systems and improving their position in relation to local authorities. Foundation staff provided training on how to design and manage participatory micro-projects in three eco-regions of Bolivia. The training resulted in members of 36 indigenous communities formulating plans for almost 100 micro-projects for financing from international agencies and donor governments. These projects were aimed specifically at vulnerable groups such as the unemployed, women, the elderly and children.



Strengthening the Capacities of UNESCO Projects in Siberut, Indonesia:

UNESCO is involved in the promotion of local knowledge and management of Mentawai communities in Siberut. Foundation staff were asked to evaluate the potential for extending existing activities through the development of projects in the field of human rights, focusing particularly on indigenous rights. An assessment was made of the capacity of local partnership organisations, training was provide for UNESCO staff on participatory approaches to development, and workshops were facilitated on the development of a strategic plan for UNESCO’s future work on Siberut.



Citizen Participation for Human Rights and Public Service Delivery at the Grassroots Level in Pakistan:

Advice was provided to the United Nations on the design of a social audit and on capacity building for citizen monitoring, based on the participatory approaches that are applied to human rights promotion and implementation developed under the UNESCO / DANIDA programme on Human Rights. The social audit provided baseline information on community participation in local elections and on the use of basic services, such as education and health, for the National Reconstruction Board of the Government of Pakistan. Subsequently, a national survey of social needs was carried out, focussing on the needs of women, children and the elderly.



Human Rights and Sustainable Development for the Indigenous Shuar People of Ecuador:

Two workshops on training of trainers in micro-project formulation and the application of the UNESCO / DANIDA methodology on Human Rights and Sustainable Development were carried out with representatives of 36 Shuar communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. Part of the training workshops involved the use of democratic and participatory methods for identifying the needs of these communities, before they designed projects that responded to their communally agreed priorities. The projects were funded by donor governments of the developed world, including the UK and Canada. Monitoring and assessment instruments were developed and the impact of the application of the methodology with indigenous communities was analysed.



Growing Up in Russian Cities: Children and Youth at Risk

Carried out for UNESCO and UNDP, this project analysed the situation of abandoned children in five post-Soviet Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Tver. The study, on social development, democratic governance and social exclusion among homeless people under the age of 25, led to the intervention of the International Labour Office in the provision of training for Russian street children.



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