Before starting

Gaps and pitfalls in current practices
Key points about a human rights-based budgeting

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Assessing the resources allocated to the realization of HRWs
Developing a human rights-based budget
Establishing the cost of the intervention process
Costing activities to strengthen right holder and duty bearers’ capacities

Check point


Once you have planned the strategy of your intervention, a key step to set up the budget of your programme will be to cost the implementation of the planned activities and corresponding processes.A human rights-based approach to the budget demands that budget be made on the basis of transparency, accountability, non-discrimination, participation and sustainability. It also demands to allocate resources not only to the activities but also to the implementation process.


At the end of the budgeting process, you must have:

  • Earmarked resources for the activities themselves and for the implementation process to be in accordance with the principles of non-discrimination, access to information, participation, accountability, and sustainability
  • Ensure that budget of the programme or project has been defined in coordination with national or local authorities, and that financial documents concerning the project are available to the public