The UK’s approach to democracy and human rights

This forthcoming review will explore how effectively the UK aid programme has responded to the emergence of new threats to democracy and human rights.

  1. Status: In progress
  2. Last updated: 20 May 2022
  3. Type: Full review
  4. Subject: Democracy, governance and human rights
  5. Location: Pakistan, Tanzania
  6. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  7. SDGs covered:Peace, justice and strong institutions

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We are conducting a review of the UK’s approach to democracy and human rights. We have published our approach paper and we are currently gathering evidence – please see the ‘approach’ tab. We expect to publish this review in winter 2022.

Summary

Promoting and protecting democracy and human rights overseas is a long-standing UK government commitment, reiterated in the 2022 UK government’s strategy for international development and the 2021 Integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy. In 2015, for the first time, democracy and human rights became globally agreed development objectives, not only through SDG 16, but also as part of commitments to gender equality, combatting inequalities and leaving no one behind. In addition to the SDGs, the UK government is also the initiator and/or an active member of a range of global coalitions, from the Community of Democracies to the Open Government Partnership.

The UK’s democracy and human rights portfolio includes both in-country and centrally managed programmes. The purpose of the review is to explore how effectively the UK aid programme has responded to the emergence of new threats to democracy and human rights on the global stage.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relevant to this review are:

  • Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Timeline

Approach

Published 20 May 2022

Evidence gathering

Ongoing

Review publication

Expected winter 2022

Further scrutiny

To be confirmed