Project information

More Effective Development Policies in Europe

To increase the awareness of key development actors and decision makers in target countries of the relationship between human rights and development, and of the importance and benefits of the rights-based approach to development in designing and implementing effective development policies.

2 years

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    In the new EU member states, there is a limited expertise of international development and lack of understanding and knowledge of the connection between human rights and development. International development policy in the new member states tends to focus on the immediate neighbourhood, leaving other developing countries outside the radar of the development policy-makers. The capacity of development stakeholders remains limited, as regards the knowledge of innovative approaches to development.


    This project aims to equip specific groups (decision-makers and key development actors) with the knowledge and tools to ensure that they can design development policies that meet the needs of target communities and thus improve their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Greater support of development decision-makers in the new member states for a rights-based approach.


    » Roundtables on the rights-based approach to development for decision-makers, covering development as a human right & development issues in the South.
    » Policy papers for decision-makers on development aid, the millennium development goals, & EU development policies.

    3 to 5 in-country roundtables on the rights-based approach to development in the new EU member states take place.

    Aim 2

    Strengthened capacity of development NGOs to advocate for tackling development issues in the South.


    » National advocacy campaigns to build a dialogue between civil society representatives and government officials.

    3 to 5 advocacy campaigns in 3 to 5 of the new EU member states are organized. These will involve up to 5 meetings with key government officials.

    Aim 3

    Better cooperation between governments and NGOs on improving national development policies.


    » Concluding conference with the participation of NGOs, representatives of governments from 3 to 5 NMS, and development experts from Africa.

    1 concluding conference takes place at the end of the project, with the participation of at least 30 decision makers and NGOs.

    Aim 4

    Increased cooperation among governments of new member states in coordinating development activities.


    » Resource document for decision-makers on the rights-based approach to development, including best practices and challenges from EU-Africa relations.

    1 resource document for decision makers and NGOs will be produced, providing information on best development practises from the EU member states.

  • Impact


    Using the rights-based approach to development in our awareness raising activities will allow for introducing a complex aspect of development where domestic politics and foreign affairs have a link & where north and south do relate. The project will thus bridge the way between the problems of „us” and „them”, therefore breaking one of the biggest obstacles of understanding the importance of development cooperation among civil society, receiving communities and decision makers.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,479

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,000 Human resources coordination, administrative staff, missions costs
      £9,870 Travel international and local transportation
      £31,500 publications and evaluation research, translation, auditing
      £29,109 Other expert fees, authors, readers, editors, venue

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Union £140,479 Guaranteed
  • Background


    3 to 5 of the European Union’s new member states. Focus will be especially on the new member states holding EU presidencies: Hungary, Poland, and Cyprus.


    The project will be beneficial to decision makers in 3 to 5 new member states: representatives of governments and governmental ministries and institutes working on development issues, members of parliaments, political consultants, parliamentary experts, & ambassadors. The initiative will also strengthen the capacities of NGOs working on development issues in each target country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Through our contacts we will involve sub-Saharan African development experts in our activities, in order to facilitate direct dialogue between decision-makers and beneficiaries of development aid.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Minority Rights Group Europe

    Minority Rights Group Europe, the European regional office of MRG, will assist with its expertise of human rights issues in Europe and Central Asia.