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.