Influencing decision-making structures and processes
Over 60% of the world's population live in countries with restricted possibilities to influence their own development, the nature of their government, and the provision of public services. They can face serious threats when organising, speaking out, or peacefully taking action to protect human rights values.
We believe that it is crucial to the dignity of every human being to have the opportunity to participate in decision-making, voice concerns, and influence their own development. We therefore work against all forms of discrimination and barriers limiting people’s right in this regard. People need a safe and enabling environment where it is possible to speak out alone or with others without their peaceful action threatening or endangering them in any way.
Open and healthy relationships between the state and its citizens are necessary for democratically influencing change. Creating links between the state and its poorer women and men is particularly important for securing a state that lives up to its human rights obligations, addresses inequalities, and can peacefully manage and settle disputes. Citizens’ knowledge and influence is also crucial for combating the misuse of government funds and contributing to a more equitable and transparent distribution of resources.