From Planning to Impact

A Manual on Human Rights Training Methodology

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If effectively designed and implemented, human rights training builds the capacity of individuals, groups and institutions for greater human rights protection. Based on its expanding training practice and lessons learnt, at both headquarters and field level, as well as on related research, the UN Human Rights Office has developed a comprehensive methodological approach to human rights training, which is presented in this Manual. The Manual provides practical guidance on all phases of a human rights training cycle – including planning, designing, organizing, delivering training and conducting follow-up activities.



The planning phase

The importance of planning a training course properly cannot be overstated. This chapter introduces overall considerations that the training manager should take into account when planning a training course and, in particular, the training needs assessment process – a fundamental step of the training cycle. The content of the chapter summarizes the relevant sections of Parts 1 and 2 of the joint OHCHR − Equitas publication Evaluating Human Rights Training Activities: A Handbook for Human Rights Educators.


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