by UNITAS, Forus Bolivian member.


CSOs, social movements, and human rights activists, in search of promoting change and social justice, develop practical tools and methodological approaches that contribute to the assimilation of theoretical knowledge, seeking to generate changes in attitude and qualify our actions, as well as the appropriation of knowledge necessary for us to act autonomously in processes of human rights enforceability.

In Bolivia, the UNITAS Network, through the Urban Programme, has been carrying out an educational experience for 7 years, by giving Training and Strategic Intervention Courses on ESCR (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). These courses, addressed to organizations contributing to the strengthening of strategic competences in rights enforceability, allowed the promotion of technical-theoretical learning opportunities, and, due to their attention to the subjective and emotional dimension of rights, intense experiences of personal change towards a political positioning were obtained. The collective and supportive design of strategies has led the organizations to renew their tactics, understand other problems with which they were not directly related, and articulate common proposals. During the seven versions of the TSI course on ESCR, there were various experiences and lessons learned, with which a methodological proposal on Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals has been designed, systematized and applied with a focus on Popular Education and Strategic Litigation.

The guide "Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals. A Guide to Training - Participatory Action" constitutes a tool for the promotion of social participation and a resource for diverse and different organizations to use in the promotion of Agenda 2030, with elements for active facilitation in spaces of analysis, exchange of experiences and debate, motivating the collective construction of strategies for the enforcement of human rights.

The guide contains an introductory module and three modules with interdependent units in a logical sequence. However, it can be applied to the treatment of a specific topic or problem that requires further study.

The Introductory Module presents in a general way the dynamics of the participatory training process proposed in the guide.

Module I starts from the issues presented by social organizations and establishes a reflection on the scope of public development policies and their effectiveness in transforming the causes of poverty and inequality. It also presents Agenda 2030, its objectives and goals, as well as its agreement with the sub-national and national development plans, in a synthetic way.

Module II seeks to bring the theoretical framework of Human Rights closer to the reality of the participants under the premise: "our SDG-related problems are also Human-Rights problems", so it is possible to use standards and tools of Human-Rights enforceability to advance the processes of implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Module III proposes the collective construction of diverse strategies of enforceability in Human Rights, aimed at facing and seeking the resolution of cases or problems presented by social organizations. In addition, it establishes the principles and bases of a participatory monitoring system for the implementation of the SDGs at local and national levels.

The methodological approach of Popular Education in this guide is based on the premise that knowledge emerges from the experience of life, struggle and resistance for human rights, of peoples and social organizations, and therefore seeks to be strengthened through the exchange of knowledge, their power to decide and act on what are the most effective and capable forms of organization to specify new rules of social life.

In turn, the focus on Strategic Litigation involves the selection, presentation and accompaniment of an emblematic case before various national and international bodies, with the aim of achieving transcendental changes in society. It is about using the law as a means to leave precedent or jurisprudence, beyond winning or achieving the resolution of the particular case.

The guide is, likewise, a means to reaffirm the commitment to the promotion and defence of human rights and the construction of a society with social justice, under common principles, without leaving anyone behind.

The Guide is available here (in Spanish).