Human Rights

Human rights embody value commitments that are not uniformly interpreted. Furthermore, the concept of universality underpinning the international human rights framework is a complex one that must be assessed in progressive terms and interpreted according to its current legal, political, and historical context. In recent years, the World Bank Group has placed new emphasis on understanding the relationship between human rights and development. There is a growing body of research from development experts that shows the links between human rights and development, and many development partners are increasingly integrating human rights into their programs.

Human Rights and Development

The World Bank Group contributes to the realization of human rights in different areas, for example, improving poor people's access to health, education, food, and water; promoting the participation of indigenous peoples in decision making and the accountability of governments to their citizens; supporting justice and regulatory reforms, fighting corruption, and increasing the transparency of governments; and expanding economic opportunities in the private sector for entrepreneurs and businesses large and small.

Through the Nordic Trust Fund program, Bank Group staff members are developing a more informed view on how human rights relate to the institution's core work and mission of promoting economic growth and poverty reduction. This internal knowledge and learning program supports activities that:

• Capture and make available knowledge about how human rights relate to the Bank Group's analytical sector and thematic work

• Capture and make available knowledge about how human rights relate to the Bank Group's operational work, including strategy, planning, and implementation

• Increase awareness among staff and management of how the Bank Group's work and human rights are related and how human rights aspects can be applied to the Bank's work

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