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Civil Society in the EU Development and Human Rights Agenda: The Case of DG DEVCO-EIDHR

  • Chiara Pierobon
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Part of the International Series on Public Policy book series (ISPP)

Abstract

The chapter provides an overview of the current development and human rights agenda of the European Union by investigating how the EU conceptualizes the contribution of civil society as development actor. The chapter introduces the central tool that the EU has at its disposal—the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)—to cooperate directly with local civil society organizations (CSOs) promoting democracy and human rights in non-EU countries. ‘Civil Society in the EU development and human rights agenda: The case of DG DEVCO-EIDHR’ concludes with a case study on the implementation of the EIDHR on the ground, by analyzing the EU support to CSOs in Kazakhstan.

Abstract

In the last decade, the protection and promotion of human rights has become an essential element of the European Union’s external policy, and development cooperation and civil society has gained increasing importance in this field. A central tool that the EU has at its disposal is the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) which was introduced in 2007 and is managed by the Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). The aim of this chapter is to describe the current development and human rights agenda of the European Union by investigating how the EU conceptualizes and strengthens the contribution of civil society as development actor. Particular attention will be given to the implementation of the development and human rights strategy on the ground, by providing empirical evidence of the EU’s support to civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kazakhstan.

Keywords

European Union Civil Society Human Trafficking Civil Society Organization Partner Country 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Pierobon
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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