Development Ethics and Human Rights as the Basis for Global Poverty Reduction (completed)

The aim of this study is to critically analyze how ethics and human rights is being, and may be, used to articulate the responsibilities of development agencies and their staff so as to guide and motivate their knowledge and policies.

About the project

We are undertaking the investigation in four rather different multilateral development agencies – World Bank (WB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Identifying actual practices of responsibility may be a first step for an open dialogue on a fair and appropriate distribution of responsibilities for the eradication of poverty in expertised institutions and among people working for the reduction of poverty. The study will be carried out over a three-year period, from 2005 to 2007.


  • Research Council of Norway
Published Sep. 6, 2011 1:55 PM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2019 11:51 AM


  • Desmond McNeill
  • Andreas Føllesdal
  • Asuncion St Clair (UiB)
  • Thomas Pogge (philosopher, Columbia University)
  • Des Gasper (economist, Institute of Social Studies, Hague)
  • David Crocker (philosopher, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland)
  • Robert Archer (Director, International Council on Human Rights Policy, Geneva)
  • Leif Wenar (philosopher, University of Sheffield)
Detailed list of participants