The Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR) is an Indian research and advocacy organization based in New Delhi, India. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860. (Registration No. S.38721 of 2002). CDHR’s overarching objective is to promote social and global justice through human rights. While we recognize the interdependence and indivisibility of all human rights, our special focus is on economic, social and cultural rights, which concern essential values for a life of dignity and freedom – food, education, health, housing, social security, and work, among others.

Concept of Right to Development
The UN General Assembly proclaimed development as a human right in its 1986
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Reflections on the Right to Development
The Right to Development is a new and highly contested right.
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Centre for Development and Environment (SUM – Norway): SUM is an international research institution at the University of Oslo.  It promotes scholarly work on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development. SUM has an extensive network of national and international research partners, and works in close cooperation with researchers in the South.
Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CESR): CESR works to promote social justice through human rights.  Capitalizing on the convergences and bridging the disciplinary divides between the development and human rights agendas, CESR seeks to render development processes more accountable for economic and social rights violations. 

Global South Voices and the Post-2015 Agenda (initiated in August 2014)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a landmark global agreement, reached under the United Nations, on reducing poverty and related deprivations. While the MDGs have been rightfully applauded for focusing the world’s attention on poverty and poor people, and for framing poverty reduction as a human rights issue for which the whole world bears responsibility, they have also been the target of sharp criticism. Perhaps the most damaging criticism is that although the MDGs are meant to be a global agenda for all countries and all people, in practice, they have reflected the priorities of the world’s most affluent and influential agents. It is said, for example, that the MDGs have little connection with ground realities and policy priorities in the countries of the Global South, and that they disproportionately burden the poorest countries of the world while demanding very little of rich countries, international organizations, multinational corporations, and wealthy individuals. 
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Final Report of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCEUS)
On September 20th, 2004, the Government of India established a National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganized/Informal Sector (NCEUS) as an advisory body and watchdog for the informal sector, with the late Dr. Arjun Sengupta heading it as Chairman. The Commission’s terms of reference included (i) reviewing the status of the unorganized/informal sector in India, including the nature of enterprises, their size, spread and scope, and magnitude of employment; (ii) reviewing the existing arrangements for estimating employment and unemployment in the informal sector; (iii) suggesting elements of an employment strategy focused on the informal sector; (iv) reviewing the social security system available for labour in the informal sector, and make recommendations for expanding their coverage, and (v) identifying the constraints faced by small enterprises with regard to freedom of carrying out the enterprise, access to raw materials, finance, skills, entrepreneurship development, infrastructure, technology and markets, and to suggest measures to provide institutional support and linkages to facilitate easy access to them, etc. The NCEUS produced a number of reports during its term.

Attached is final report of the NCEUS, which was submitted to the Prime Minister of India on April 20th, 2009.
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Rights and Development Bulletin - Volume 8, Issue 2 (April - June, 2014)
Rights and Development Bulletin - Volume 8, Issue 1 (January – March, 2014)
Rights and Development Bulletin - Volume 7, Issue 3 (July-September 2013)
Rights and Development Bulletin - Volume 7, Issue 2 (April-June 2013)
Rights and Development Bulletin - Volume 7, Issue 1 (January-March 2013)
Rights & Development Bulletin - Volume 6, Issue 2 (March - June, 2012)

Arjun Sengupta (June 10, 1937-September 26, 2010), Founding Chairman of CDHR

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) in association with The Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR) hosted a lecture by Professor Thomas Pogge of Yale University on July 24th, 6:00pm at the India International Centre. The event was Chaired by Professor Deepak Nayyar, former Vice Chancellor of Delhi University. More than 150 people were in attendance.