Alison Ward said:
I think this idea of community based human rights assessment is important. We are increasing our work here in India on women's rights through local capacity building. I will take a look at your framework - thanks.
Penny Fowler said:
Oxfam has worked with others to produce a community-based human rights impact assessment tool (see link) that offers an alternative, bottom-up approach to Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) tools that have been developed by industry bodies and companies. The latter tend to work top-down, are managed by the companies, focused largely on corporate risk, and are weak on transparency, accountability and stakeholder engagement.
A community-based human rights impact assessment approach thus offers an alternative path, allowing affected communities to drive a process of information gathering and participation, framed by their own understanding of human rights. Communities can engage in solving human rights threats by working with NGOs, companies, and governments on a more equal footing. By starting with perspectives of affected people, the HRIA focuses on their concerns and their aspirations for human rights realization.
It is true that communities usually are able to define their needs and there has to be partners that work with them to realise the required change. Our actions should not be about 'doing it for them' but rather supportive and collaborative.