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Dapo Akande, Jaakko Kuosmanen, Helen McDermott, and Dominic Roser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198824770

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198824770.001.0001

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The Promise and Pitfalls of the Sustainable Development Goals

The Promise and Pitfalls of the Sustainable Development Goals

Has the Time Come for a Rights-Based Approach to Poverty Reduction?

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Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Kate Donald

Oxford University Press

This chapter will critically address the contribution of a human rights-based approach in addressing persistent poverty. Using the commitments of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a lens, it will examine how a human rights approach should influence the conceptualization and measurement of poverty, and the policies and financing instruments used to tackle it. The authors examine several crucial policy and action areas, such as social protection, gender equality, fiscal policy, improving participation and accountability, and contrast the prevailing ‘traditional’ development approach with an approach grounded in human rights. It asks how far we have come in changing the paradigm and what are the crucial actions needed to realize the ‘transformation’ envisaged in the SDGs, including the elimination of extreme poverty.

Keywords:   human rights, poverty, inequality, development, sustainable development goals, 2030 Agenda, rights-based approach, resource mobilization

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