Human Rights, Power and Non-Governmental Action


Principal Investigator:
Stephen Marks, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights

Global Health+Population

Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Dates of Research:
July 1, 2008 — December 30, 2011


The purpose of this research is to improve our understanding of the interrelationships between human rights-based development and poverty reduction and the forms and uses of power in developing societies. It has a particular focus on how the empowerment of community organizations may lead to the securing of basic socio-economic rights for poor people. This project aims to examine in what ways struggles for human rights have been constrained by power relations and structural inequalities and the extent to which non-governmental human rights promoters have been able to challenge, alter or transform power structures at both micro/local and macro/national levels. It also analyzes the approaches and strategies employed by NGOs and social movements with a view to identifying which have provide to be most successful in challenging and transforming power structures.