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Book Review: 'Promoting Rights-Based Approaches: Experiences and Ideas from Asia and the Pacific'
The book 'Promoting Rights-Based Approaches: Experiences and Ideas from Asia and the Pacific' is a collection of edited articles that discusses the tried out approaches of rights-based social action.

The book can work as a manual for the social sector functionaries to prepare and plan rights based action plans and learn from the experiences of child welfare and child rights organizations and agencies.

The book, contributed to, compiled and edited by Joachim Theis is the result of four-year work through workshops and seminars on rights-based approaches in various countries. The book promises a conceptual clarity on rights-based projects and implementation planning based upon tested ideas. The review of the experiences of the rights-based approaches and general lessons drawn from them are the central focus of the book.

The book, spread in 147 pages, is divided in four parts that discuss rights-based programming; applying human rights approach in programmes and organization; exploring different ways of working; and searching for innovative tools.

With emphasis on human rights, states have the duty to respect, protect and fulfill rights. The book, stresses the values of accountability, participation and equity for the success of rights-based approaches.

The article on rights-based approach to HIV-AIDS is eye-opener and so are the articles on child-rights. A suggestion has rightly been made to challenge the power relations at family, community, policy and government levels.

It has been pointed out that the emphasis should shift towards empowering those who face discrimination by involving them fully in the relevant processes. Various social sector activities and programmes need to promote equity, non-discrimination and inclusion.

According the book published by Save the Children, Sweden, the parents, communities and civil society in general have the responsibility to demand and support child rights.

The book is written in a scholarly style and is mainly meant for policy framers and project implementing agencies to learn about the relevant and suitable rights-based approaches and implement them gainfully.

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