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Promoting Human Rights through Private Sector Development: Summary Report of the Panel Discussion

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Promoting Human Rights through Private Sector Development: Summary Report of the Panel Discussion

Published: May 26, 2009

In 2008, The North-South Institute prepared a discussion paper on Promoting Human Rights and Private Sector Development.  The study points out that while there have been decades of experience by development agencies with both private sector development (PSD) and human rights based approaches as tools for poverty reduction, the links between the two in the form of rights based approaches to PSD remain relatively undeveloped.  There is a growing consensus, however, that development cooperation activities should promote human rights, and that human rights can promote development.

In February 2009 a workshop on the theme of Human Rights and Private Sector Development was hosted by the CIDA Egypt Program and the Promoting and Protecting Children who Work project (PPIC-Work), which featured presentations from several CIDA-supported PSD projects that have taken a rights-based approach (RBA).  This report covers a panel discussion held in May 2009 that was hosted by NSI. The event brought together experts and practitioners in human rights and PSD to exchange views and experiences, and to inform official thinking on the linkages between human rights, private sector development and development.

Author: Hayley Milko

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