NGO Leadership and Human Rights covers various topics of importance to those who work in development and/or advocacy organizations with human rights orientations and for undergraduate and graduate students aspiring to such careers. This book provides context, definition and guidance for the perplexed seeking entrance into a challenging but rewarding endeavor.

Ghere argues that the human rights and development communities need to communicate and interact with each other much more effectively than is the case at present. In particular, leaders of human rights and development NGOs need to “get on the same page” in terms of both theory and practice. In addition to being an informative guide for a career choice, NGO Leadership and Human Rights stands as a readable “state of the art” survey on the scholarship and history of human rights.

Table of Contents:
1) Introduction: NGOs, Human Rights, and Leadership

Human Rights, Dignity, and NGOs
NGO Leadership: Making Hope “Real”
Career Development Issues
2) Slippery Terminology: Strategically-Crafted Rhetoric in Development and Human Rights
Terminology and Political Opportunity
What Five Strategically-Crafted Buzzwords Can Do
Slippery Humanitarianism: The Convergence Agenda and “Good Humanitarian Donorship”
NGO Roles in Analyzing and Affecting Rights-Related Discourse
Conclusion: Discourses and Implications
3) Rights-Based Leadership and Transformative Change
“Change” for Advancing Human Rights
Promoting Rights-Based Change
4) Organization and Management in Pursuit of Rights-Based Mission
Reconciling the Formal and Informal
Emphasizing Context and Culture
Participation and NGO Leadership
Timing, Prudence, and Sustainable Accomplishment
Management Control Functions in a Rights-Based Context
5) Performance and Accountability in Rights-Focused NGOs
Performance and Accountability: Critical Challenges for Rights-Based Leadership
Impact Assessment and Rights-Based Leadership
6) Organization Learning and Knowledge Management as Foundations of Rights-Based Accomplishment

The Information Environment
Knowledge(s), Knowledge Management, and Organization Learning
Knowledge, Learning, and Networks
7) Gender and Rights-Advancement
Gender-Awareness as a Lens: Analyzing Interests and Power Relationships
Gender Mainstreaming: Lens and Lever
8) Human Resources Management in Humanitarian and Development NGOs
The Context of NGO Human Resources Management
Human Resource Functions in NGO Settings
9) Conclusion: Rights-Based Leadership in NGOs
Management Environments and Rights-Leveraging Capabilities
Surmounting Obstacles to Making Hope “Real” and Intentional
Critical Managerial Competencies in Rights-Focused NGOs
Realistic Career Planning