Utility services are reaching significantly greater numbers with increasing urbanisation and improvements in infrastructure in the developing world. Therefore it is important to integrate this delivery within wider economic development plans and build capacity in domestic provision and regulation of services.
The programme will provide the essential skills necessary to manage the proliferation of service and utility providers towards agreed national development goals by developing systematic regulatory structures for both the demand and supply sides of utility provision.
Participants will critically examine the multiple influences on regulatory developments and the consequences of particular regulatory structures, including market changes and scenario planning. By identifying key objectives of planning policy, leading practitioners will guide participants through planning processes, and the safeguards and regulatory mechanisms necessary to deliver specific goals.
By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:
build strategies for constructing and regulating utility markets
integrate pro-poor service delivery into strategies
examine methods of institutionalising competition and incentivisation
direct the market through price controls and infrastructure tenders
A look ahead to the week
What do we mean by human rights?
1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights
Six core Human Rights Treaties
Sources of international law
State reservations and their implications
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
Rights bearers/duty bearers
The scope of the ICCPR
Protection in law/in practice
Integrating human rights into policymaking/structures
Who are the key stakeholders?
Counter-Terrorism Policies in the Age of Privacy and Human Rights.
Can Human Rights be universal?
Should we take into account cultural approaches to Human Rights?
Challenges to cultural relativism
Particularities of the African Regional Human Rights System
Structure and organisation
Successes and challenges
Particularities of the European and Inter-American Regional Human Rights Systems
Structure and organisation
Successes and challenges
Extraterritoriality of the European and Inter-American system
Peculiarity of the Middle East region and the status of human rights
The role of the League of Arab States
The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and beyond
What are the current mechanisms for the enforcement and implementation of human rights in the Middle East and Asia? Challenges and opportunities
A rights-based approach to development
UN Programme for Reform 1997
Development cooperation: ‘duty bearers’ and ‘rights holders’
Operationalisation of the approach
Freedom from poverty as a human right?
International Frameworks and Developments
The Sustainable Development Goals – aims, achieved successes and limitations
Rio+20 – a missed opportunity?
UN Post 2015 – how central will human rights be?
Discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation
Women’s rights: regional versus international perceptions of women’s rights
Violence against women: gender-based and other forms of violence
Civil rights movements and affirmative action
CERD: challenges and application
CEDAW: challenges and application
Implementation and measurement challenges
Can we derogate from Human Rights in times of emergency?
Increased risk of human rights abuses in times of armed conflict
Protection of civilians and provisions of basic services during armed conflict – who is responsible?
Upholding human rights in a weak institutional environment
Cost-effective approaches to realisation of rights in conflict situations
OHCHR 1997 Handbook on National Human Rights Plans of Action
Scope and priorities - Ensuring coverage of all types of rights
Inclusiveness, Identification of priorities, Topics of special focus
Ensuring the plan has a legal status, Targets and benchmarks
Preparation:Key stakeholders and the central role of government,
Establishment of a coordinating committee, Determining the current status of human rights
Who are the key stakeholders in human rights promotion?
Sharing experiences and technical cooperation
Delegates’ experiences of cooperation on human rights
Ensuring plan development and implementation are unified
Coordination committees and agency allocation or creation
Ensuring broad participation, including non-government partners
The need for high-level endorsement and awareness campaigns
Incorporating a human rights educational programme
Evaluation and Successor Plans
Ensuring clear accountability mechanisms and timeframes
Internal or external evaluators?
Ensuring successor plans are implemented
Incorporating successor plans and human rights into governance
Analysing resource requirements
Establishing funding mechanisms, both national and international
Issues that may arise, and other challenges to implementation
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment - Generic overview and principles
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
The role of civil society inclusion and consultation
The media and the promotion of Human Rights
Campaigning and mass media case study
Promoting open debate, providing reliable information, monitoring, exposing violations and lobbying
Business and Human Rights: a general review of the role of corporations in the implementation and non-violation of human rights law
Questions and discussion
Evaluation Forms, Group Photo and Certificate Presentations