HRBA for international development consultants: Rule of Law, Governance

Next programme dates, venue, details are available for Autumn 2013: This page will be routinely up-dated or if you would like to be included on our email list for up-dates, kindly email Pamela Harney,


The aim of this intensive training programme is to enhance the skills of international development consultants in applying Human Rights Based Approaches. It will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills regarding:
      • The legal principles, policies and practice underpinning human rights based approaches (HRBA)

      • Key stages for applying HRBA: needs assessment,  programme design - and evaluation

        • Programming tools and checklists including HRBA benchmarks and indicators of change


      Ideal for experienced, or new, consultants undertaking Rule of law or Governance assignments for bi-lateral, or multi-lateral, donor assignments such as EC framework Lot 7 Governance and Home Affairs.  For subject specialists wishing to adapt their expertise  towards international development assignments, the programme is designed for experts to up-skill in the area of Human Rights Based Programme Cycle Management (especially evaluation services). IHRN also offers post-training consulting opportunities.


      The Workshop is highly intensive. It uses a variety of pedagogical techniques including plenary discussions, small group work, case studies drawn from conflict and post-conflict contexts.

      Highly participatory, the Workshop emphasises cross-learning among participants. While contributing their own experience, participants will also be allocated advance reading covering the international legal framework for human rights based approaches; as well as the key tools for PCM.

      The indicative programme is up-dated in light of participant's profiles and areas of interest. For example, case studies may  be drawn from the following:

      1. promotion and protection of human rights

      2. support to democratisation

      3. reinforcement of the rule of law and administration of justice

      4. public administration reform

      5. management of public finances and civil service reform

      6. decentralisation and local development

      7. enhancement of the role of civil society

      8. drugs, organised crime

      9. border-crossing management and security

      10. combating terrorism


      Application process: Details of the next programme including application forms for Autumn 2011 will be available shortly. To be included on the mailing list or if you have any queries please address your email to Pamela Harney,, with development consultants in the subject line.

      The Workshop is non-residential. Participants will be provided with convenient accommodation options to choose from.

      The programme fee covers tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments.


      paid by 8 weeks prior

      paid less than 8 weeks prior

      young professionals (less than 5 years experience)






      *IHRN database experts 10% discount 

      Deadline for Applications: Priority to applicants confirmed 8 weeks before programme.

      If you require a visa, please allow 8 weeks for that application to be processed by the relevant authorities once IHRN confirms your place.