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There has been much emphasis given in recent times to the fact that basic human rights, as defined in the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, must, on the one hand, serve as the basis of development cooperation and, on the other, it must be a development objective to see that they are applied.
From the perspective of a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to development cooperation, simple charity is not enough. With a Human Rights Based Approach, projects and programmes are based on a system of rights and responsibilities. Those who benefit from outputs move from being simple beneficiaries to true partners with rights (right-holders); while service providers have a responsibility to provide their services (duty-bearers).