One of Dignity International’s flagship programme is the “Global Linking and Learning Programme on Human Rights in Development”. The huge demand and success of this initiative led to annual programming. Growing from strength to strength, Dignity International has trained over 500 persons from 88 countries on human rights based development


Dignity International and our partners believe that Human Rights and Development must go hand in hand as both share the same core functions. They cannot be separated and must complement each other to guarantee the continuous sustainable progress of the human race, while ensuring the protection and preservation of environment and climate change issues.

Human Rights provide a moral, authoritative and a legal framework to tackle root causes of poverty – the deep-rooted structures of discrimination – i.e. the global processes of impoverishment. A human rights framework has the potential to not only deal with legal justice, which is the primary preoccupation of traditional human rights organisations, but also economic and social justice which is central to development work. Meanwhile, development is the primary motive to provide basic structural change.


The programme will take participants on a ten-day intensive yet enjoyable learning journey, equipping them with knowledge on the key elements of human rights-based development and enhancing their skills for its practical application. Participants will see the link between human rights and development and become more committed to the work ahead, achieving the unified human rights and development vision of human dignity for all.

One key feature of the programme is the field visit, to expose participants to see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel for themselves the struggles of people living in poverty or facing discrimination (eg. indigenous communities, asylum seekers, migrant workers, plantation workers). Human rights struggles are not theoretical or paper struggles but existing struggles of real people affecting real lives.


After the programme, participants will learn to:

- understand and apply the key elements of human rights-based development.

- link specific development issues to international human rights standards

- understand the nature of human rights obligations of state and non-state actors and be able to apply the knowledge gained to enhance human rights advocacy

- understand the importance of ”accountability”, transparency and the right to information in human rights and be able to use accountability and redress mechanisms at different levels;

- understand the fundamental principle of “non-discrimination” and how human rights can help tackle deep-rooted structures of discrimination that perpetuate humiliation and poverty;

- understand and appreciate “participation” as a human right and that realisation of human rights requires participation. Additionally, participants will be able to develop new ideas and skills to encourage meaningful participation of struggling communities in development work

- Comprehend how human rights empower people and steps that can be taken to encourage grassroots “empowerment”. Understand the difference between human rights and non-human rights strategies and improve on/transform existing development strategies into human rights strategies

- put all the learning into practice through intensive group work on real case studies

- develop strong solidarity with the communities visited as well as solidarity and friendship at a global level with other participants of the programme.

- increase commitment to human rights in our professional work and in personal lives

Programme Report (pdf)
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