Rights & Democracy’s 2003-2008 Five-Year Review tabled in Parliament

Montreal – April 22, 2009 – Rights & Democracy (the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) welcomes the results of its five-year review tabled in Parliament yesterday by Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon. The regular review, conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, confirmed the effectiveness of Rights & Democracy strategic priorities and activities during the five-year review period.

“I am pleased to say that we are on solid ground as we embark on the next five year cycle,” said Rémy M. Beauregard, President of Rights & Democracy.  “The five-year review has confirmed the relevance of Rights & Democracy’s activities in promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.”

The favourable review comes at a time when the entire staff of Rights & Democracy is actively participating in preparing the next five-year plan.

The evaluators examined six Rights & Democracy programmes and conducted four field missions and over 200 interviews. They concluded that “without straying from its non-partisan approach, Rights & Democracy’s programming has made a positive contribution to Canada’s role in the area of human rights and democratic development on the international stage.”

Evaluators emphasized the positive effect of Rights & Democracy’s strategic shift toward a focus on certain countries and partners. In addition, they recommended that special attention be paid to raising awareness of the Centre’s achievements among Canadians.

The evaluators also concluded that funding for this public organization should be consolidated, which would facilitate planning and implementation of its activities on a multi-year basis. Management practices were found to be effective and sound and in accordance with accountability principles and best management practices for the sector. The review also underlined that Rights & Democracy’s programming is becoming increasingly focused on the principles of results-based management.

The five-year review is mandated by Rights & Democracy’s act of incorporation.

The report can be accessed at:
http://www.international.gc.ca/about-a_propos/oig-big/2008/evaluation/eval_rd-dd_08.aspx?lang=eng