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Sida’s co-operation with the UN system pays particular attention to children’s rights. Support to WHO is based on a human rights perspective that places women and children at the forefront, for example in the areas of maternal mortality and the right to sexual and reproductive health. Its support to the International Labour Organization includes a project on “Understanding Children’s Work and its Impact”. UNICEF, as Sida’s largest channel, is responsible for 40 programmes in partner countries. While Swedish NGOs also receive Sida funding and work with local organisations (in particular, Save the Children Sweden), the review showed the difficulty of quantifying resources allocated to mainstreaming children’s rights beyond support to UNICEF and Save the Children.
Some governance programming areas, such as access to justice, have started to change as a result of the introduction of HRBAs, yet it is difficult to assess wider trends, in particular in INTEGRATING HUMAN RIGHTS INTO DEVELOPMENT – ISBN 92-64-02209-0 © OECD 2006 CHAPTER 2. PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCES – 55 governance areas where political dimensions have only more recently been taken into account. The absence of an explicit application of a human rights perspective to the wider governance agenda is possibly one of the clearest shortcomings in donor experiences.
From policy to practice Agencies have adopted different approaches to implementing policies, reflecting their mandates, policy frameworks and principal modes of engagement. 2 offers a framework to categorise these approaches. 2 Donor approaches to integrating human rights Human rights-based approaches Human rights mainstreaming Human rights dialogue Human rights projects Implicit human rights work Human rights considered constitutive of the goal of development, leading to a new approach to aid and requiring institutional change.