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Using aid as the main incentive for democratic reform is not enough and real entrenched democratic values can only be achieved by employing a whole range of economic and diplomatic means, say experts.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 7 February 2014
The global campaign Young Voices, was launched by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) in 2006. Funded by the European Union, it has proven to be an innovative and efficient approach to provide a voice for people with Disabilities, one of the most marginalised groups within any society. Present in 21 countries, they campaign and advocate for the rights of all people with disabilities. 
The principle of ‘all human rights for all people’ enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) means just that. Alexander Cote from the International Disability Alliance told staff at the European Commission recently that the fact governments are still discovering how to assist people with intellectual disabilities, for instance, does not mean they can be denied their right to vote, buy a house or have a child.
National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are bodies set up to protect and monitor human rights – to stand up for those in need and to hold governments to account. They can also provide advice, deal with complaints and carry out human rights education.
In recent years Brazil has filled the news, from hosting the World Cup and Olympic Games, to corruption scandals and most recently the President’s impeachment. Behind these events lies an upper middle income country that is still tackling basic development challenges from human rights to deforestation. João Gomes Cravinho, the European Union Ambassador to Brazil, explains how the delegation addresses these issues in a country where the traditional aid donor relationship no longer applies.
In much of the developed world, most work is formal – people pay taxes and social security contributions granting them access to health care, social benefits, and legal protection to enforce their workers’ rights. But in the developing world, informal work is the norm and protecting informal sector workers’ rights – whether that’s their right to fair pay and working conditions or protection from abusive labour practices – can be difficult.
South Africa is sometimes known as “the gay heaven” of Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal and human rights for all are enshrined in the post-Apartheid Constitution. But there is a gulf between the legal framework and the LGBTI community’s lived experience. Discrimination and brutal hate crimes continue, especially in rural areas. ZwaKala is an EU-funded programme implemented by Iranti-org which builds local capacity to document and report on hate crimes and human rights violations.
The Philippines, comprising over 7,000 Pacific islands, has wide gaps in living standards and opportunities and faces numerous development challenges. EU Ambassador Franz Jessen explains how the EU is working with the Duterte administration on areas such as human rights, health and law and order.
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Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the global population, yet they account for 15% of the extreme poor. This is down to historical subjugation, but also ongoing discrimination – especially when it comes to rights over land and resources. The 2030 Agenda presents opportunities to close the gap and learn from shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as to learn from indigenous peoples on matters from community resilience to natural resource management.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 17 August 2017
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What obstacles do people – particularly women – face as they move between continents? And how can European countries better integrate migrants into the workforce once they arrive? These were among the issues tackled at the 2017 European Development Days in Brussels last month. But as those reaching the shores of Italy this year already outstrip arrivals for all of 2016, panellists also grappled with the role of development assistance itself.

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