Diakonia - People change the world
25 year old Jerson Vazquez in Guatemala was the first young man in his municiplaity who took part in a workshop about youth rights and human rights held by Diakonia's partner organization CALDH. Now, he leads a youth group, and is deeply engaged in the issue of youth rights.

Strategy for Change and rights based approach

Diakonia believes that our Strategy for Change and a Rights based approach (RBA) are highly conducive to socially sustainable development as they recognise the discriminated individuals or groups and victims of violations as rights holders (non-discrimination).

By putting focus on empowering people to demand what is rightfully theirs (effective participation) and on the duty bearers' obligation to grant the rights (transparency and accountability), the approach not only provides the legal framework and tools to pursue change.

The Rights based approach (RBA) also seeks to empower the rights holders to be the protagonists of the change and to be owners of this process.

Finally as the outcomes and impacts are closely linked to the legal system the changes achieved run a fair chance of being sustainable.