Tag Archives: Human rights

Mining and development: how to get the balance right?

One of the common themes in recent development discourse has been the dichotomy between natural resource extraction and human and environmental rights. Mining is ubiquitous in the developing world, boosting foreign direct investment and creating jobs, but bringing with it a series of social and environmental problems. In his first...
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Children in an urban world: Reflecting on the topic of The State of the World’s Children 2012

UNICEF has dedicated the 2012 edition of its flagship report, The State of the World’s Children, to the situation of children growing up in urban settings. Nikola Balvin, a Research Officer in the Division of Communication at UNICEF New York, reflects on what this topic means to her and to...
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FPIC and Indonesia: Indigenous Forest Rights in Development

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the right of Indigenous people to reach meaningful community consensus over developers or other interested parties use of indigenous customary land. Laura has recently developed a keen interest in this field while researching indigenous people's role in benefit sharing agreements from development projects...
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Engaging youth: nothing about us, without us

This past year was the ‘International Year of Youth’ (IYY). Themed 'Dialogue and Mutual Understanding', it coincided with the 25th anniversary of the first IYY. With half the world’s population under the age of 25, donors have all emphasised youth programmes and youth empowerment activities, allocating a large amount of...
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What’s happening to the rights-based approach?

Is a rights-based approach being lost in the midst of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and monitoring and evaluation? Akhila, while acknowledging that tangible results are important in development interventions, suggests that we are forgetting the rights-based approach. Implementing approaches that try to address the underlying problems of structural inequalities is...
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The Australian Government goes viral on refugees

The Australian Immigration Department announced that it will film the first group of asylum seekers processed under the new deal with Malaysia and post the video on YouTube. This decision by the Australian Federal Government to use YouTube to communicate immigration policy is disturbing. Not only are their serious ethical...
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Human rights: A no-go zone for corporates?

In most corporate boardrooms, if you suggest focusing on human rights as a community investment strategy don’t be surprised if you are met with deathly silence or an uncomfortable shuffling of papers. But, if you push the common path of education, the environment and youth, you will most likely have...
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The blind leading the blind

In this post, Hannah explores the Australian government’s controversial new refugee transfer policy with Malaysia from the perspective of international human rights law and regional influence. What is the real cost of this policy on the international human rights framework? She argues that by shirking its responsibilities under international law...
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Lessons learnt from an internship in India

Late last year, Weh Yeoh travelled to Delhi, India, to work with groups of refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and Somalia. It was arranged as part of an internship with his Masters program. Needless to say, the experience was overwhelming and many lessons were learnt. In this piece, Weh details, in...
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Meaningful lives

South Africa was never a travel destination that interested Leanne. However, in September 2004, She took the opportunity to spend four weeks in South Africa to see first-hand some of the local projects supported by an Australian aid & development organisation. Leanne was particularly inspired by the passion of two...
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