Foreign Aid Donors and Human Rights in the Global South

Bournbrook Pavilion, Owsley Room
Social Sciences
Wednesday 12th December 2018 (10:00-17:30)
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Dr Niheer Dasandi

There have long been questions about how foreign aid donors engage with human rights in developing countries.

How should aid donors respond to human rights violations in countries receiving aid? Does donor support improve or worsen human rights in recipient countries? How can aid donors better address human rights in their policies and programmes?This conference brings together scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to consider these questions, and many more.

Papers on all issues related to foreign aid donors and human rights are welcome, with papers on the following topics being of particular interest:

  • Donor responses to human rights violations in partner countries
  • The impact of foreign aid on human rights
  • ‘Thinking and working politically’ in development and human rights
  • Using new data and approaches to incorporate human rights
  • The ethics and normative aspects of donor engagement with human rights
  • The role of diplomacy in promoting human rights in the Global South
  • Rights-based approaches to development.

In addition to panels featuring presentations from academic scholars, the conference will also include a panel on policymakers and practitioners reflecting on their experiences in this area. Furthermore, the conference will begin with a presentation by Andrew Mitchell MP, the former UK Secretary of State for International Development (2010-2012) on how aid donors engage with human rights violations.

Please submit your proposed abstract (maximum 350 words) to by 9th November 2018. Funding for travel costs for early career researchers/ PhD students is available.

This conference is supported by the British Academy.