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Face-to-Face Training

human rights based approach

How to work with communities to claim their rights

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.


In this training, you will learn fundamental concepts of a Human Rights Based Approach and gain an understanding  of its core principles. You will learn about the history and instruments of human rights and the role of the state to respect, protect and fulfill these rights. You will get the opportunity to explore how an HRBA approach can be implemented in the civic space, including your own programs. You will learn how to apply an HRBA approach, including how to go through the stages of the HRBA cycle, from the identification of a problem to research and analyses, and implementation of solutions. 

time for self-reflection





four day training

24 hours

of training

ends with


expert facilitator


We use a variety of methods and tools including

  • Discussions in break-out rooms,

  • Role-plays,

  • Simulations,

  • Video,

  • Self- and group reflections.

A lot of exercises will be done in groups to enable you to learn and share from each other.


Throughout the training, you will


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

Key Topics of the training

  • Introduction to Human Rights Based Approach

  • History and Instruments of Human Rights

  • Understanding the State and Contextualizing Human Rights 

  • Principles and Basic Concepts of Human Rights Based Approach

  • The Rights Based Cycle 

  • Applying a Human Rights Based Approach

After the training you will be able to

  • Understand how and why the concept of a human rights-based approach to development emerged

  • Know and understand the basic principles of this approach

  • Use powerful tools and strategies to implement the Human-Rights Based Approach for your cause

  • Develop a promising action plan and have clear ideas to incorporate rights-based elements in development interventions. 

The training fits to everyone working in civil society organizations who wants to learn about the human rights-based approach and build critical skills for designing programs from a human rights perspective.

Schedule & Pricing

Training Fee

Regular fee

EUR 400 p.P*

For groups of 4 or more

EUR 360 p.P*

*MODE OF PAYMENT: CREDIT CARD OR BANK TRANSFER​ | Special discounts for National NGOs

This Training includes

24 hours of training, split into four days into sixteen sessions | A package with all the training material | Impact Training Human Rights-Based Approach | Lunch, drinks and snacks.

Training Schedule 2024

Your Facilitators

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Retta Menberu

Retta Menberu Woldetsadik (M.D., MSc) stands up for civil society-state dynamics, good governance, advocacy, and a rights-based approach to development. Since 2018 he has been part of CSA, built up, and leads the Africa office to advocate for change and empower the youth. After working more than two decades in development and health leadership, as a trainer, researcher, and consultant in clinical medicine and public health, Retta developed himself to a broader development leadership and facilitation role by operating as Country Director for ActionAid International, and as regional Strategy Adviser for Rush Foundation. Additionally to his work with CSA, he works as a coordinator, researcher, adviser, and facilitator of international development and humanitarian organizations, alliances, and multi-actor partnerships in diverse contexts across Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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What fellow pioneers share about the training

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Geda Wakeyo, Programme Coordinator, Save Generation Development Association, Ethiopia

“I feel happy about the remarkable training on HRBA we participated in. It was well-facilitated, participatory, and very interesting. Keep up your good work in creating many intellectuals who can transform our country Ethiopia.”

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Tiringo K. Gabriel, Head of Programmes,

Welthungerhilfe, Ethiopia

“The HRBA training added lots of insight into my training methodology and understanding of Human Rights, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge coupled with applicable case studies. It was fully practice-oriented and allowed us to learn from each other's experiences. I also liked it so much that there was a well-balanced composition of participants, which also contributed to interesting and focused discussion and exchange.”

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