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Critical Issues in Human Rights and Development

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Critical Issues in Human Rights and Development

9781781005965 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Stephen P. Marks, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights and Director, Program on Human Rights in Development, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University and Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Professor of Law and Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and Director, Displacement Research and Action Network, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
Publication Date: November 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78100 596 5 Extent: 456 pp
This collection addresses human rights and development for researchers, policymakers and activists at a time of major challenges. ‘Critical issues’ in the title signifies both the urgency of the issues and the need for critical rethinking. After exploring the overarching issues of development and economic theory, gender, climate change and disability, the book focuses on issues of technology and trade, education and information, water and sanitation, and work, health, housing and food.

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This collection addresses human rights and development for researchers, policymakers and activists at a time of major challenges. ‘Critical issues’ in the title signifies both the urgency of the issues and the need for critical rethinking. After exploring the overarching issues of development and economic theory, gender, climate change and disability, the book focuses on issues of technology and trade, education and information, water and sanitation, and work, health, housing and food.

The chapters then examine how to operationalize human rights in development through accountability, the right to development, indicators and the Sustainable Development Goals. The conclusion proposes international standards and social mobilization for human rights and sustainable development as normative and policy-oriented tools for addressing the climate emergency, the coronavirus pandemic, social inequality, racial injustice, and the rise of populist authoritarianism and for advancing social justice and the equal value of all human beings.

This book is of interest to students of development and human rights studies, international relations, international law and contemporary social issues, as well as professionals working at government, intergovernmental and civil society organizations dealing with these issues.
Contributors
Contributors include: David Archer, Varun Gauri, Deborah Hines, Stephen Humphreys, Calestous Juma, Miloon Kothari, Janet E. Lord, Ajay Mahal, Rajeev Malhotra, Stephen P. Marks, Siobhán McInerney-Lankford, Gillian Moon, Sharmila L. Murthy, Paul Nelson, Celestine Nyamu Musembi, Suchi Pande, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Gerald B. Rodgers, Aruna Roy, Lisa E. Sachs, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Hans-Otto Sano, Michael Ashley Stein

Contents
Contents:

General introduction and overview to Critical Issues in Human
Rights and Development 1

PART I THE INTERSECTING PARADIGMS OF
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
1 Development theories, old and new and their implications
for human rights 10
Balakrishnan Rajagopal
2 Economics and human rights perspectives on development:
tensions and compatibilities 21
Stephen P. Marks and Ajay Mahal
3 Gender in development 46
Celestine Nyamu Musembi
4 Climate change, development and human rights 66
Stephen Humphreys
5 A human rights perspective on disability-inclusive development 86
Michael Ashley Stein and Janet E. Lord

PART II CRITICAL SOCIAL ISSUES OF
DEVELOPMENT FROM A HUMAN RIGHTS
PERSPECTIVE
6 Transfer of technology and access to scientific knowledge
and applications 108
Calestous Juma
7 Education rights as part of rights-based development 130
David Archer
8 Water and sanitation 152
Sharmila L. Murthy
9 Health priorities for sustainable development 186
Lisa E. Sachs and Jeffrey D. Sachs
10 The human right to adequate housing and land:
guaranteeing the dignity to dwell 213
Miloon Kothari
11 Food and nutrition 239
Deborah Hines
12 Right to information 261
Aruna Roy and Suchi Pande
13 Work and conditions of work 282
Gerald B. Rodgers

PART III OPERATIONALIZING HUMAN RIGHTS IN
DEVELOPMENT
14 Trade, development and human rights 301
Gillian Moon
15 Accountability and human rights 331
Varun Gauri
16 The past and future of the right to development 347
Stephen P. Marks and Rajeev Malhotra
17 Human rights indicators in development: definitions,
relevance and current trends 368
Siobhán McInerney-Lankford and Hans-Otto Sano
18 Human rights and the 2030 development agenda 395
Paul Nelson

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