Taguhi Dallakyan is an international development and human rights specialist with extensive background in rights-based development, results-based project management and implementation, including in conflict and post-conflict settings.
Her research is focused on how the globally agreed development goals (Millennium Development Goals, MDGs (with a specific focus on poverty reduction)) “cascade” (Finnemore and Sikkink, 1998) via operationalization in human rights and rule of law programs/projects of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and of its executing agencies/partners. The analysis will be conducted at the level of CIDA policies, strategies, reports to Parliament (Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPPs) and Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs)), as well as programs and then to the projects of its executing agencies/partners (top-down “cascade” of MDGs). It will also analyze how projects from the field and evaluation reports feed the global development agenda (bottom-up feedback). The findings of the research will contribute to scholarship about international development and theoretical approaches which integrate the principle of indivisibility of human rights and their essential role in poverty reduction. The research will also provide policy recommendations on improving linkages of human rights and rule of law programs/projects with the global development goals.
- "Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to Development and Religion: The Case of Afghanistan”, presentation at the Religion and International Development (Religion and Public Life) Conference , (the Departments of Religion and Culture and Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University), March 1, 2013, Waterloo, Canada
- "A Human Rights-based Approach to Development." A presentation at the Global Citizens Forum, Tools, Tactics and Emerging Themes in Global Cooperation (Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)), 14-15 October, 2010, Toronto, Canada.
- "Raising Awareness of Community and Religious Leaders in Human Rights: Experiences from Afghanistan." A presentation at a UNDP Symposium, Non-state and State Justice Systems: Principles and Practices of Engagement, 4-6 October, 2010, Bangkok, Thailand.
- "Applying HRBA in Access to Justice in Afghanistan." A presentation at Undertaking a Human Rights-based Approach: Lessons Learned from Asia Pacific Region Workshop, 8-9 September, 2008, Bangkok, Thailand.
- The main contributor on Afghanistan for the publication Undertaking a Human Rights-Based Approach: A Guide for Basic Programming - Documenting Lessons Learned for Human Rights-based Programming: An Asia Perspective - Implications for Policy, Planning and Programming. UNESCO Bangkok, 2008.
- Balsillie Fellowship (2011-present), Balsillie School of International Affairs
- Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship (a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State) for studies at the University of Denver, 2000-2002