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12 May 2016

Rights-based approach to programming

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This handbook has been developed to assist all IOM staff on how to take a rights-based approach (RBA) to programming. The first module in this handbook introduces the reader to RBA, its history and development. The second module consists of a practical guide to the rights-based approach to migration programming. The chapter goes through each relevant stage of the project cycle and emphasizes that RBA is focused just as much on the process of programming as it is on the results of the project. Additionally, by using practical examples, the handbook provides ways in which rights issues can be incorporated into the results of the project and how rights principles can be incorporated into the process of the project. The third module familiarizes or refreshes the knowledge of the readers and relevant IOM staff and implementing partners on International Migration Law so that they can easily identify the ways in which migration programming might affect and have an impact on the rights of migrants, as well as the legal issues that may be of relevance for the particular project. It provides an overview of the international legal framework surrounding migration, including the international conventions and treaties, States’ obligations and migrants’ rights. Furthermore, the Annexes include examples, tools and sources that may be of assistance and provide practical guidance for a variety of projects. 

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of acronyms
  • Introduction to the manual
  • Module 1: Introduction to a rights-based approach
    • The sources of the rights-based approach 
    • Definition of rights-based approach
    • The importance of the process and the results of programming
    • Integrating rights principles into migration projects 
    • Rights-based approach as a tool for advocacy
  • Module 2: Practical guide to a rights-based approach
    • Application of the rights principles to the process of programming
    • Rights-based approach in the various programming stages
      • 1. Situation assessment and analysis
      • 2. Planning and design
      • 3. Implementation
      • 4. Measure rights and rights-based approach: Monitoring and evaluation
  • Module 3: Basics of International Migration Law
    • International Labour Law
    • Refugee Law
    • International Humanitarian Law
    • Transnational Criminal Law
    • Human Rights Law
  • Glossary
  • Annexes
  • References