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Live-Online Training

Roadmap to a Human Rights Based Approach 

An introduction training to apply an HRBA to your program and organization

The Human Rights-Based Approach works to fulfill people's rights and focuses on those who are marginalized and discriminated. They are the key actors in their development, and they need your support. This training empowers you to help them reach a socially just life.

HRBA is a conceptual framework for the development process that is based on international human rights standards. Such an approach integrates these standards and principles into program development processes to promote and protect human rights.


During the past two decades, human rights have been increasingly incorporated into the development plan, including adopting a human rights-based approach. This approach seeks to analyze discrimination and inequalities at the heart of development problems and transform these practices and the underlying power dynamics. Discrimination and exclusion regarding access to resources and decision-making are often root causes of poverty and may contribute to tensions and conflicts. It is a paradigm shift, shifting the notion of development from charity to one based on rights and corresponding obligations. This paradigm shift, which led to the HRBA, stems from the experience of many NGOs and development organizations that the traditional welfare model of development cooperation is not sustainable.  

The Civil Society Academy training Roadmap to a Human Rights Based Approach for Programming will help you to gain an understanding on the concept of the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to development and the core principles guiding HRBA. It will help you to apply HRBA to programming including the assessment and analysis to empower communities so that they can advocate for better services.

time for self-reflection





training on

four days

1.5 Hours

each Session

ends with


expert facilitator


In this course you will work on different methods using

  • discussions in break-out rooms,

  • simulations,

  • videos,

  • role-plays,

  • self and group reflections,

  • interactive online tools and more.


Throughout the training, you will have

  • hands-on experience in applying the theory of HRBA in the context of your projects and programs. 


You will get to meet like-minded peers who will share their practical experiences and knowledge on human rights. 

Key TOPICs of the training

In the training you are going to discuss issues about

  • How to collectively develop an advocacy strategy 

  • The understanding of how advocacy works

  • How to implement advocacy campaigns

After the training you will be able to

  • Use HRBA in planning, monitoring, and evaluating projects and not only in implementation.

  • Sharing learnings with staff to increase their capacities in working with human rights.

  • Design sustainable human rights programs

  • Understand how outcomes using the rights-based approaches differ from other programmatic approaches in terms of creating sustainable impact on communities

  • Empower communities to advocate for themselves

This course is designed for everyone working in civil society organizations who wants to learn the foundations of human rights based approach and build critical skills for designing programs from a human rights perspective.

Training Fee

Groups of four or more people

EUR 280 p.P*

EUR 252 p.P*

Schedule & Pricing


This Impact Training includes

12 hours of training, split into four days into eight sessions | All training material | Impact Training Certificate. Daily from 2:00 PM until 5:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST). 

Training Schedule 2024


Your Facilitator

Sohini Paul

facilitator, trainer and coach

As a facilitator and coach of Civil Society Academy, she has focused on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management in several countries across Asia and Africa. She also facilitates trainings on advocacy and human rights-based approach.  

Sohini has a Social Science background with master’s degrees in Geography and Regional Planning. She is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector, during which time she supported the work of numerous social change organizations, working on issues of local self-governance, right to information and land rights. She has worked on capacity building of civil society organizations, from grassroots community groups to large networks.  

Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening and holds space for those who are ready to learn and be happy - this is reflected in her facilitation style.

Experience Board
What fellow pioneers share about the training

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K.C. Sahu, Head, Livelihood, Indo-Global Social Service Society, India

"The course was very refreshing and inspiring. I felt great being part of a diverse group of like-minded people from different countries. This insightful exchange was of vital importance to my work."

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