Evaluierung des Menschenrechtsansatzes der OEZA
The purpose of the strategic evaluation of ADC’s Human Rights Based Approach is twofold:
(1) to obtain evidence about the timeliness and adequacy of ADC’s human rights-based approach and in doing so, to identify ways to further develop its application;
(2) to identify needs for further guidance and consequently, to either inform a review of existing conceptual documents or the development of alternative guiding documents aimed at advancing ADC’s HRBA
The strategic evaluation is expected to attain the following results:
1. Characteristics of ADC’s human rights-based approach are assessed as well as its different facets, its relevance and coherence in ADC’s strategic approaches, in the manner situations are analytically screened and in ADC’s programming and implementation;
2. Understanding and viewpoints around HRBA within ADC and its implementing partners and how it is integrated into thematic approaches are assessed;
3. Good practice, lessons learnt and potential areas for improvement from ADC’s experience with implementing the HRBA to date are identified.
The primary users of the evaluation will be ADA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) thematic experts (around 10 People), project/programme and evaluation staff (around 15 People), as well as senior management at HQ and in the field.
The evaluation will be divided into three phases with specific deliverables. Their timely delivery is the responsibility of the evaluation team. The main deliveries are:
- Attendance of Kick off meeting
- Inception Report and presentation of report
- Presentation of Preliminary findings
- Draft report
- Presentation of final draft
- Final report
Human rights have informed the work of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and its operational unit, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), since the 1990ies. In keeping up with the developments of increasing conversion of human rights and development cooperation ADC has assumed a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to development, which is defined as: “a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights. It seeks to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of development problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede development progress.” The HRBA has been regarded as the “strongest articulation of donor and partner commitment to human rights in development” . In ADC’s current Three-Year Programme 2019-2021, a human rights-based approach is set out as one of the guiding principles underpinning all programmes, projects and policy dialogue .
ADCs human rights-based approach has been specified in two key documents; the ADC policy document on human rights (2006) and ADA’s Human Rights Manual (2010). Since introduction of the ADC policy document on human rights (2006) and the ADA Human Rights Manual (2010), ADC’s human rights-based approach has not been evaluated.