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Evaluation of the application and effects of a Human Rights Based Approach

Sida is a leading donor when it comes to working with a HRBA in development cooperation and is committed to applying a HRBA in all development cooperation that it engages in. This evaluation is commissioned as a response to Sida’s need to understand how a HRBA is being applied, how staff and cooperation partners understand and perceive the approach, what works well, less well and why. Sida needs to understand if the application of a HRBA has led to a changed way of working by cooperation partners and if such an approach has contributed to enhanced respect for and protection and fulfilment of human rights, including gender equality, thereby creating preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression in a world where human rights are increasingly contested.

The object of the evaluation is the integration of a HRBA in development cooperation by Sida, Embassies of Sweden involved in development cooperation, and Swedish cooperation partners. The HRBA should be assessed both based on the process (how development cooperation has been implemented) and its performance in terms of reduced poverty and an improved human rights situation.

The objective of this evaluation is to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the application of a HRBA and its four principles in Sida funded development cooperation and formulate recommendations on how to develop and sharpen the application of the approach.

The evaluation will be carried out during 2019-2020 and include a limited number of case study countries as well as the implementation of HRBA at Sida head office level, including dialogue and advocacy for a HRBA on a country level with multilateral organisations. The case study countries will be selected during the inception phase based on a pre-determined set of criteria.

The evaluation uses a robust case based approach that builds on a politically-informed and context-specific analytical framework, allowing the evaluation team to examine how perceptions, applications and effects of HRBA vary across actors and contexts, and to capture the undocumented nature of individual stakeholder perceptions and cognitive interpretations. This means that the data collection methods are participatory,  utilisation focused, and gender responsive and includes a mixture of review of documents, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and participatory workshops.