Poverty as a human rights violation: What role could social workers play in Kenya?

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Development is considered a right under the United Nations Declaration found in the Right to Development. 'Development' in the declaration is broadly defined to include general well-being as well as political cultural and human rights. This paper reflects on why that has not been realized in practice and suggests some tentative steps towards moving in that direction. It is suggested that human rights and development should not be regarded as separate entities. This is consistent with the human rights based approach to programming (HRBA) followed by the UN. The paper notes that the widespread poverty and inequality in the developing countries calls for more consistent effort in incorporating human rights and participatory democracy to address the issue. It is also argued that industrialized countries should adopt a solidarity rather than a charity model in their approach to overseas development aid.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalNew Community Quarterly
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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