This chapter discusses the difficulties aid agencies encounter when entering the comparatively new and sensitive field of human rights and democracy support. The inadequate methodologies at their disposal in designing, managing and evaluating interventions in this politically charged arena is discussed in some detail. The authors assert that the conventional logframe analysis is too rigid to be helpful, while also dismissing a laissez faire approach. Instead, they argue for a middle-of-the-road approach in which political sensitivities are acknowledged and inter-subjective validation applied in ex post evaluation by means of the triangulation of multiple methods and approaches.

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