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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Rukare, Donald
Email drukare@hotmail.com
URN etd-01252012-101426
Document Title The role of development assistance in the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda
Degree LLD
Department Centre for Human Rights
Advisor Name Title
Prof F Viljoen Co-Supervisor
Prof M Hansungule Supervisor
  • development partners
  • human rights
  • development assistance
  • development
  • local ownership
  • right to development
  • law of development
  • development assistance treaties
  • budget support
  • project support
  • aid modalities
Date 2011-12-09
Availability unrestricted
Uganda, like several developing countries, is a recipient of development assistance. This assistance, which is provided by rich developed countries, supports among others human rights programmes in these countries. Development partners that provide this assistance wield considerable influence arising from the assistance they provide. This study seeks to determine what role development assistance plays in the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda.

The study establishes that, similar to several African countries such as Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ghana, Uganda is aid-dependent. Although Uganda is committed to reducing this dependence, it is concluded that without this vital lifeline of development assistance, Uganda would not be able to fully fund and run its human rights programmes or development budget.

The study further establishes that international cooperation and the provision of development assistance are embodied in international human rights treaties and declarations. However, while there is an obligation to provide development assistance, stipulated in international human rights treaties, the study establishes that some development partners do not recognise this obligation. A model convention providing for the obligation to provide development assistance is elaborated in this study.

The study arrives at the conclusion that development partners through the provision of development assistance have advanced the human rights agenda in Uganda, though sometimes impedding the development of an authentic domestic human rights culture. The study recommends that there is a need to reverse this situation. The study concludes with several recommendations aimed at making Uganda own its human rights agenda.

2011 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Rukare, D 2011, The role of development assistance in the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda, LLD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-01252012-101426/ >


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