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Law and human rights based approaches can be important tools for civil society. They can provide the means to tackle directly the discrimination and disadvantage faced by vulnerable people, and can also help safeguard the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector as a whole.

There are great examples of civil society organisations who have used these tools effectively in these ways. However, use of the law and human rights based approaches is far from consistent across the sector and many organisations see no link between these tools and their purpose, strategy and activities, or are wary of using them.

Our programme aims to boost engagement and to support organisations within broader civil society to embrace law and human rights based approaches as effective tools for achieving change for individuals and communities. It also aims to build sustainable collaborations, partnerships and networks that leverage existing expertise within the sector to ensure the use of these approaches is as effective as possible.