IHRIPInstitute of International Education1400 K Street, NW, Suite 650Washington, DC 20005 USATel: + 1 202.326.7725Fax: + 1 202.326.7763E-mail: email@example.com
IHRIP started as an initiative of a few international NGOs and individuals teaching human rights. The program offered year-long internships with international human rights groups to students mostly from the global North.
In the 1970s, groups formed in Chile, Argentina, South Africa and elsewhere to address horrific abuses there. In response, IHRIP extended its internships to students from the global South and placed them with both national and international NGOs.
Human rights groups developed rapidly at the local and national levels in many countries. In 1989 IHRIP shifted its focus to support short-term professional development exchange projects for staff of these NGOs.
Thereafter, human rights activism expanded rapidly to include economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights. From the early 1990s, IHRIP placed a particular emphasis on ESC rights, producing resources to encourage and facilitate this work.
With the growing understanding of issues such as these human rights concerns, the scope of work and challenges facing human rights groups increased exponentially. In response, IHRIP expanded its work beyond supporting exchanges and producing resources on ESC rights to sponsoring courses on monitoring, documenting and undertaking advocacy on ESC rights issues.
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Budget analysis and expenditure tracking are becoming increasingly important tools in human rights work. In recent years, IHRIP has directed increasing energy and resources to encouraging and facilitating the use of human rights-focused budget work.
IHRIP seeks to strengthen the work of non-governmental human rights groups through facilitating the exchange by human rights groups of knowledge and experiences with groups in other countries—with a recent emphasis on human rights budget analysis and other forms of human rights budget work. IHRIP believes that civil society groups have a central role to play in monitoring and advocating for the realization of human rights, and thus gives priority to collaboration with and support for these groups. IHRIP also gives a priority to collaborating with and supporting the work of groups in the global South, as well as in East and Central Europe and CIS countries.
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The top buttons on the left-hand menu of this web site help you learn more about IHRIP and its work. The last button will take you to a page containing information about a separate website that IHRIP has created and is maintaining, called Human Rights Budget Work around the World. On that website, you can learn more about human rights budget work: what it is and where it is happening, who is doing it and what they are doing. The website links you to resources that can be very useful for those interested in learning more about how to do human rights budget work.
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"The Latin American Learning Program on Budget Analysis and Economic and Social Rights, was a wonderful opportunity."—Enrique, Costa Rica
"The exchange project was most rewarding and helped reinforce my commitment to human rights."—Naun, Honduras
"My day-to-day engagement in all these activities was stimulating and enriching."—Robert, Zimbabwe