Just and Democratic Local Governance ELBAG Handbook Series Accountability
Human Rights form the basis for ActionAid’s work. ActionAid believes that poverty violates human rights and that this happens because of unequal power relations which start in the family and extend up to the global level. Violations of human rights are often a result of failures in governance. Governance is about the relationship between citizens and the state and the way the state uses its power and authority to manage its political, economic and administrative affairs. ActionAid believes in democratic people-centred governance where governance processes and the exercise of power are guided by human rights principles and values. Together these constitute the idea of rights-based, people-centred governance based on the rule of law and principled on democratic values of participation, equity, justice and fairness. ActionAid’s approach to Human Rights is explained in ActionAid’s Resource Book on Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA) which also informs the ELBAG Handbook Series.
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