Balancing protection and pragmatism: a framework for NGO accountability in rights-based approaches.


Mayhew, S; Douthwaite, M; Hammer, M; (2006) Balancing protection and pragmatism: a framework for NGO accountability in rights-based approaches. Health and human rights, 9 (2). pp. 180-206. ISSN 1079-0969

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Abstract

In the classic understanding of human rights obligations, the state is considered the primary duty-bearer. Governments, however, are increasingly handing over their function of delivering health services to NGOs. This article argues that because of these new and increasing responsibilities, NGOs should also be seen as duty-bearers required to uphold rights through their services, activities, and principles of operation. Translating human rights norms into practical, measurable activities remains a challenge. We worked with organizations delivering HIV-related services to prisoners and injecting drug users in Malawi and Pakistan. The aim was to develop a simple, practical framework of activities and indicators to provide accountability standards against which NGOs could be held accountable for progressively realizing the rights of their clients.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
PubMed ID: 17265760
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10411

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