How does DIGDEEP take a Human Rights-Based Approach in its projects?

Each DIGDEEP project is planned with a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to development. The differing needs of individuals or communities mean that the specifics differ from place to place. Here are some examples:

  1. DIGDEEP treats water poverty as an injustice. It’s a huge shift in focus. Severe poverty precludes the enjoyment of human dignity and is therefore unjust. The poor don’t receive our help because its “good” to do so (charity), or because they “need” it to grow economically or socially (traditional development) – but because they deserve it by reason of the dignity we all share. HBRA creates a level-playing field between those experiencing poverty and those helping fight it
  2. DIGDEEP treats its recipient communities as stakeholders. We recognize that human dignity gives each of us a unique potential that can only be recognized when we’re empowered to lift ourselves (and our families) out of poverty. Without personal empowerment, efforts to help the suffering are often ineffective.
  3. DIGDEEP provides the poorest and most vulnerable with special attention. Since all people are equal, development should befit us all equally. Internationally, this means a project focuses on areas of extreme poverty and little governmental ability. Within communities, this means additional efforts to address traditional models of marginalization.
  4. DIGDEEP combats discrimination and exclusion. In any community, gender-based and social discrimination can silence certain voices. We all have a right to participate in our own development. Women and the marginalized are always given a democratic voice (often their first) in water decision-making.
  5. DIGDEEP focuses on processes and outcomes. Your donation is important, but we’re especially interested in its ability to (a) educate you about your human right to water and (b) empower others to protect their own rights. Our projects focus on process and outcomes by encouraging:

    local ownership through community buy-ins

    social cohesion and gender equity through authentic participation

    rule-of law through formal governance mechanisms

    sustainability through community participation

  6. DIGDEEP treats humans holistically. People are civil, political, social, economic and cultural beings. DIGDEEP projects address water-related issues of education, economic productivity, and cultural tradition.
  7. DIGDEEP engages responsible parties. Over time, DIGDEEP uses its work with local communities to build a trusting relationship with local and state governments, encouraging the creation of policies that respect rights.
  8. DIGDEEP actively engages a worldwide audience. We build support for everyone’s human right to water through education and awareness programs. We’re all in this together.
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