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Development Cooperation

International Organisations, states and NGOs increasingly use a "human rights-based approach" to development to enhance key aspects such as participation and the rule of law in their operational activities with partner countries. According to the human rights-based approach to development, every person is a holder of rights. These rights are stipulated in international human rights conventions and binding upon states. Consequently, development cooperation is not based on charity and good-will by states but is an entitlement of every individual as a rights-holder.

The human rights-based approach to development has a central role in the cooperation of BIM with the Austrian Development Agency. In this cooperation, BIM provides consultancy in the areas of human rights, good governance, conflict transformation and peace-building. A key are in this regard is the implementation of child rights in the Austrian development cooperation. Since a couple of years, the topic of persons with disabilities and development cooperation is on the BIM agenda as well. Besides consultancies and training for ADA in this area, BIM has a monitoring function in the project "Inclusive Tanzania" of the NGO Light-for-the-World.

In direct operationalisation of the human rights-based approach to development, BIM is implementing a project on poverty reduction and human rights in Macedonia.
Regarding selected areas of human rights and development as well as the topic in general, BIM offers trainings and workshops for NGOs and other interested institutions. Current cooperations include activities with UNDP, Amnesty Austria, CARE, FIAN, and SOS Kinderdorf.

Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan – Austrian experts Roland Miklau and Nina Radović at Round Table on Torture Prevention

Round table panelists

On 23 June 2017, the Human Rights Advisory Board in Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a round table on “Common Efforts of State Bodies and Civil Society for Torture Prevention”, which took place in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the EU Project “Promotion of Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan”, the round table aimed at discussing obstacles related to the prevention of torture and at considering the role of state bodies and civil society actors in their efforts to respond to torture allegations not only individually, but also in a coordinated way.

Kyrgyz President Atambajew honours BIM project

Team leader Stefanos Kareklas and President Almasbek Atambajew

The Kyrgyz President Almasbek Atambajew honored the project consortium represented by team leader Stefanos Kareklas for the successes in the implementation of the EU project Promotion of the respect of Rule of Law with particular emphasis on Transparency and Accountability in Kyrgyzstan. With the support of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the BIM on behalf of Austria is part of a consortium of EU Member States led by the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ). Since 2014 the BIM has been working on strengthening the capacities and efficiency of control and supervisory functions of relevant governmental institutions such as the Public Prosecutor's Office, Parliament, the Ministry of Justice and the Ombudsman.

Austrian Development Co-operation: Consultation in the Thematic Fields of Governance, Human Rights and Peace Keeping

In 2016, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights extended its longstanding co-operation with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) through a framework contract. Its goals are to further root and develop Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance, as well as Peace Keeping and Conflict Prevention within the work of ADA and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

More than 200 experts discussed how to improve torture investigation and documentation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Dmitry Nurumov

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), a Consortium Partner of the EU Project “Promotion of Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan”, has co-organised the international High Level Conference “Istanbul Protocol Implementation: Transforming Regional Experiences into International Norms for Effective Torture Investigation and Documentation” from 21 to 22 September 2016 in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic.

The BIM co-organised three working sessions of the conference dealing with legal aspects of the Istanbul Protocol, an important instrument in the field in investigation and documentation of torture.

EU Rule of Law project: Visit of High Level Delegation from Kyrgyzstan to Vienna (24 to 27 April 2016)

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) welcomed a joint delegation of the Kyrgyz Parliament led by Galina Skrikina (MEP and Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Law, Legislature and Human Rights) and the Kyrgyz Ombudsman office, led by Ombudsman Kubatbek Otorbaev, in Vienna.

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 2nd chance or last chance?

Sustainable Development Goals

We cordially invite you to the second panel discussion of the semester: “HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 2nd chance or last chance?” on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 19:00 in the Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna). The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy in Austria.

Juridicum, Dachgeschoß

Continuation of successful cooperation with Kyrgyz partners in EU Rule of Law project


After establishing a common basis of trust and cooperation with the Kyrgyz project partners in the EU financed Rule of Law project in Kyrgyzstan, the next steps were taken: In a process based on the human rights based approach (HRBA)* an in-depth analysis of the mandates of the Kyrgyz partner institutions (Ombudsman, Prosecutor’s Office, Parliament, Ministry of Justice), building on the partners’ inputs, has been elaborated during the past months.