Human Rights Due Diligence

Development activities can have a profound impact on the realization of human rights. In many instances the human rights implications of development activities are not obvious or immediately apparent. Standard development planning, screening, assessment and monitoring tools are not designed to fully capture human rights impacts. Because of this, opportunities to contribute to the realization of human rights through development finance, or to mitigate negative human rights impacts associated with development initiatives, are frequently missed.

What is human rights due diligence?

Human rights due diligence is the process or set of measures necessary to ensure that a given activity does not cause, contribute to or exacerbate adverse human rights impacts. In the context of development finance, both development banks as well as their public and private sector clients have due diligence obligations.

The HRDD project

The Human Rights Due Diligence Project (HRDD Project) of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development works to advance human rights in development by making sure that governments and development finance institutions adequately assess and address the human rights risks and opportunities often associated with development activities. The HRDD Project develops policies, methodologies and tools for human rights due diligence in the context of development finance and engages with civil society, governments and development finance institutions to promote their incorporation within social and environmental management frameworks. Read more here.

The HRDD Toolkit

The HRDD toolkit is designed for both human rights advocates and development practitioners. It is made up of four interrelated components: an overall HRDD protocol, sample policy language, the Human Rights Risk Analysis (HuRRA) Tool and standards, and a survey of existing practice on human rights impact assessment and human rights due diligence. The HuRRA Tool is an online demonstration tool for development banks and governments planning and implementing development activities. HuRRA leads the user through a process to identify and evaluate human rights-related risks and opportunities associated with a given development proposal, and to design rights-respecting development interventions. After two years of development, the HRDD Toolkit is presently being tested and will be launched publicly during the fall of 2017. For more information or a preview, email