Development cooperation ,21.09.2018

Supporting the work of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights


This is a project proposal to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, during 2018 and 2019. This funding will enable the Special Rapporteur to develop thematic expertise and engage with stakeholders on 1) Deepening the understanding of the impact of privatization on human rights 2) The human rights due diligence of international financial institutions 3). Conducting country missions to testing and applying the findings and recommendations of thematic reports 4) Artifical intelligence and human rights Funding by the Finnish government in 2017 was instrumental in facilitating research and background work and ensuring stakeholder hearings or the Special rapporteur’s annual report to the General Assembly and the Human rights Council. The report to the GA that addressed the World Bank and its approach to Human Rights, scrutinized the Bank’s legal policy, public relations, policy analysis, operations and safeguards. The report explained the reasons for the Bank’s aversion to human rights, made the case for a new approach, and explained what difference a nuanced and carefully designed human rights policy would make for the organization. The report concludes with specific recommendations to the World Bank, its members and other actors in the international system. The Finnish Government’s funding was also important in enabling the Special Rapporteur report to the Human rights Council, the report covering the links between income poverty and discrimination. The report argues that a human rights framework is critical in addressing extreme inequality. It points out that discrimination is a key factor in causing economic inequalities, and emphasized the need to recognize the right to social protection and to implement fiscal policies specifically aimed at reducing inequalities. The Special Rapporteur is unpaid and has a full-time teaching load at New York University. The Finnish funding enabled the Special Rapporteur to secure indebt research and write high-quality reports with specific recommendations as well as ensure appropriate follow-up.

Funding decision  21.09.2018

100 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Human rights 100%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • elderly people
  • people with disability
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities
  • Gender and sexual minorities

Funding channel

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (extrabudgetary contributions only)



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