The approach rests on the basic human rights principle of equal dignity and rights for all human beings, and is therefore also a tool for discovering and fighting discrimination. It includes poor and marginalised peoples’ perspective, gender equality and the empowerment and protection of vulnerable groups. In this work, SwedBio is also learning from and guided by policies for democratic development and human rights in Swedish development cooperation, such as principles on non-discrimination, participation, openness and transparency, and accountability for applying a human-rights based approach.