NCG’s expertise covers a wide range of theoretical and practical aspects of human rights: Legal, philosophical and political grounds of human rights as well as the history of making moral thinking into international law. We manage theories and methods to assess why and how state and non-state actors comply or do not comply with the three core areas: respect, protect and fulfil human rights obligations as they are codified in international and regional human rights conventions. Another key skill is how to interact with global and regional monitoring systems of human rights, such as the human rights council, the treaty bodies and thematic and country special rapporteurs.
In trainings, advisory services and evaluations NCGs consultants regularly work with the human rights based approach as a method and a mainstreaming perspective in development cooperation.
Example: Evaluating ethnic groups’ right to education in Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast
How can the right to education be evaluated and promoted in a region of deprived development with many minority groups? This was the challenge for NCG consultants in an evaluation of a 25 year long cooperation program in Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast, managed by SAIH (The Norwegian Student’s and Academic’s International Assistance Fund) and funded by NORAD, the state development agency. Nicaragua sliding towards authoritarian rule added to the complexity, with little access to the state’s spending budget on education. The AAAA framework was useful and innovative to evaluate Nicaragua’s fulfilment of the right to education i.e. determining whether state financed education was available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable to the five ethnic groups in Nicaragua’s Atlantic region.