Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Research Student: Isaac Lartey Annan

Implementing the Right to Development in Ghana: Obligation of international co-operation in international law

International human rights law recognises the primary responsibility of individual states to take steps domestically to implement all human rights including the right to development (RTD).

Additionally, international human rights law (hard and soft) stipulates that state parties as well as international development agencies (IDAs) - e.g. UN development assistance agencies, IMF, World bank - see development as 'shared responsibility' that must be discharged among nations of the world in order to deal with worldwide economic and social development.

In spite of the above, the present human rights architecture portends a deficit due to challenges associated with implementing RTD in developing countries.  The discourse has not resolved the often held view that, characteristically RTD as articulated by the UN Declaration on the RTD (DRTD), constitutes a mere declaration which does not impose any legal obligation and at best DRTD only provides a programmatic framework for addressing development challenges worldwide.

The study would discuss the scope of RTD in the context of existing legal and jurisprudential regime; exmine the role of IDAs vis-a-vis current development strategies/initiatives; evaluate country specific experience (Ghana as a case study) in implementing RTD; analyse accountability and monitoring mechanisms, if any, underpinning implementing RTD through IAC and inhehent challenges that impede implementing RTD, particularly in developing countries.

It is expected that the outsome of the study would deepen knowledge in the area of human rights and development as well as assist in formulating more effective strategies to confront the challenges regarding implementing RTD through IAC.

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