Application of a Human Rights Based Approach: Approach, Results and Lessons Learned




Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation, SIDA, has applied a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) since 2003. It is a compulsory approach in Sweden’s development cooperation. The implementation has followed the UN Common Understanding and good international practice but is has also been a process of ‘learning by doing’. Tools have been developed and training for staff has been implemented. A recent evaluation shows that the application of a HRBA has led to a number of important results. Moreover, it emphasises that SIDA staff and implementing partners need better knowledge of the approach to be able to systematically apply it in a comprehensive way. 

In this webinar, SIDA's Lead Policy Specialist Democracy and Human Rights, Birgitta Weibahr, and Senior Programme Manager/Specialist, Charlotte Ståhl, will discuss SIDA's human rights based approach to development and the results of the recent evaluation, drawing insights for its future application.





  • Axel Marx, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven


  • Geoffroy Matagne, Université de Liège


  • Birgitta Weibahr, Lead Policy Specialist Democracy and Human Rights, SIDA
  • Charlotte Ståhl, Senior Programme Manager/Specialist, SIDA




Event Type: Webinar

Date: March 10, 2021

Venue/Location: Virtual