Equity, human rights and democracy
SwedBio plays an important role in contributing to strengthening democracy and the rights perspective in all our activities. SwedBio works with a rights-based approach that analyzes power structures in society, the rights of the individual and the duties of states throughout the development process.
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.