This article looks at the challenges facing donor agencies as they seek to operationalise a stated commitment to rights-based development. These experiences of assessing rights in practice draw attention to how rights are defined in particular contexts and how the effectiveness of rights in a particular context is mediated by existing power structures, which may be slow to change.
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