EU Annual Report on Human Rights and democracy in the world in 2015
Council of European Union, 20 June 2016, 52 pages
The EU is committed to incorporating human rights in its development cooperation.
In this context, following the adoption in 2014 of the Commission Staff Working Document on a "Rights Based Approach” (RBA), encompassing all human rights for EU development cooperation.
The EU has started progressively to integrate such a rights-based approach in its development programmes.
The Commission integrated the RBA in key documents, the project monitoring system, the grid of criteria for project evaluation, and roadmaps for engagement with civil society. At local level, some EU Delegations have already integrated the RBA in their programming. EU-funded projects are being progressively designed according to the RBA. In addition, in 2015 preparation work was done on a support programme, to be operational by beginning of 2016 for training EU Delegations and other EU staff on the implementation of the RBA.