Human rights

Human rights define mimimum requirements for a life in freedom and dignity. They are a prerequisite for well-being and peace worldwide. Being so, development cooperation can only be successful if it is complemented by human rights.

In May 2011, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) published its new human rights policy which highlights their strategic relevance: It defines human rights as leading principle and cross-sectional task of German development cooperation.


Realising human rights in development cooperation

In order to meet this challenging task, BMZ has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to implement the project 'Realising Human Rights in Development Cooperation'.

The project offers support to BMZ as well as to its implementing agencies GIZ and KfW in order to strengthen human rights in all fields of action of German development cooperation. First remarkable outcome: It is now standard procedure that human rights concerns are taken into consideration during the preparatory stage of all BMZ-financed development projects. 

The project works in close cooperation with the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR). Part of this cooperation was the establishment of a comprehensive information portal by the DIMR regarding human rights and development cooperation: Programme 'Realising human rights in development cooperation' (pdf, 0.18 MB, EN)


Juliane Osterhaus

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