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Human rights



Enhancing human rights is central to the Australian aid program’s strategic goal of effective governance. The Australian aid program supports the protection and promotion of human rights through supporting grass roots activities for local human rights groups and building the institutional capacity of national human rights bodies.

From an aid perspective, development and human rights are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. For development to be sustainable, individuals in developing countries need to have secure and long-term access to the resources required to satisfy their basic needs, be they economic, social, cultural, civil or political.



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The protection of human rights by Australia's development partners is an important element in identifying and empowering those living in extreme poverty. Fostering the promotion and protection of human rights underpins good governance and leads to sustainable and equitable growth.



Initiative Partners Australian Aid funding
Total project funding and duration Initative description  
Funding to the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) $650,000 $2,650,000
APF seeks to strengthen the institutional capacities of, and cooperation between, existing national human rights commissions. More
Funding to the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) To be confirmed $2,350,000
Australia's support is directed to technical cooperation activities addressing the promotion and protection of human rights. More
Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)   $350,000
Support for the AHRC’s role as Chair of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. More
Annual funding to civil society organisations and national human rights institutions Human Rights Grants Scheme (HRGS) $3,700,000 $3,669,313
The Human Rights Grants Scheme provides annual funding to support non-government organisations and human rights institutions to implement projects that help to enhance human rights. More

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013