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Introduction to the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)

The overall objective of this short e-learning course is to give learners a basic understanding of the strategy for Denmark’s Development Cooperation.

Target group

The course is aimed primarily at:

MFA staff with job responsibilities within policy dialogue, development cooperation at bilateral missions or at HQ departments.

MFA staff with job responsibilities at a multilateral mission working with international organisations, development cooperation and/or human rights.


This course will introduce you to:

  • how HRBA moves the focus of development cooperation from needs to rights
  • the human rights framework and the four HRBA principles
  • how to use a HRBA to bilateral or multilateral policy dialogue
  • how to base programme formulation on a HRBA
  • the link between HRBA and private sector development


The course has the following modules:

  • Why use a HRBA?
  • What does a HRBA mean?
  • How to use a HRBA in Policy Dialogue?
  • How to use a HRBA in programming?
  • How to use a HRBA in private sector development?


There are links to other resources in this course. If a link is inactive because the content has been moved, you are recommended to use the search function on the internet/intranet to locate the resource.



Links to other resources

The MFA HRBA Portal (employees only)

Danida Aid Management Guidelines

Danida internet site

Strategy for Denmark’s Development Cooperation 

Access and signup

The course does not require registration, but can be accessed directly from the link below.


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