New podcast: Human rights-based approaches in Mekong research

This latest episode of our "Research 4 All" podcast series discusses how human rights-based approaches help make research more empowering since water management is not a technical issue but about who has the rights and power to make decisions.

Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan By Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan - Aug 5, 2020

Episode 04 hosts: Rajesh Daniel and Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan
Sound editing: Rajesh Daniel and Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan
Artwork: Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan; Cover photo by Diego Gennaro on Unsplash

Series producers: Rajesh Daniel and Leonie Pearson

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Vatchararuthai Boontinand (Ajarn Jan), SUMERNET advisor on Human Rights, and lecturer at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University. She explains how human rights-based approaches encompass empowerment, non-discrimination and participation. We learn how a "rights-based approach" is critical in water insecurity research, and about dealing with the challenges while working in different contexts and trying to improve the rights and livelihoods of marginalized peoples. Ajarn Jan explains how to better implement rights-based approaches in research especially to benefit local communities and empowering them.

Download the transcript using the link below. Links for additional resources and reading are also included in the transcript.

SUMERNET podcasts highlight different aspects of our work on research, policy engagement, capacity building and communications in the Mekong Region.

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