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Human Rights and Development: A Role for the World Bank?

Author(s): Daniels, Cherrie

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Abstract: Development banks are sometimes criticized for not taking into account the human rights records of prospective borrowers. This article lays out the conceptual and practical issues that frame the debate on whether and how to incorporate concern for human rights into development lending and projects. After discussing the evolution of human rights in international law and the linkages between development and rights (especially but not only—social and economic rights), the author makes the case that the World Bank's development objectives would benefit from a re-evaluation of the axiomatic relevance of human rights to socio-economic development.
Publication Date: 1993
Electronic Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 107 - 128
Type of Material: Journal Article
Series/Report no.: Volume 4;
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Public and International Affairs
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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