about AT4HR

The Accountability & Transparency for Human Rights (AT4HR) Foundation

AT4HR was formed in 2011 to advance human rights by promoting accountability, transparency and participation.

In its first years, AT4HR focused on:

1) Creating partnerships.

2) Conceptualising and leading the Budget Transparency & Child Nutrition (BTCN) project. AT4HR was responsible for coordinating the work, developing the methodology of the project, managing the research and peer review processes, as well as analysing and reporting on the findings.

3) Developing a Guide on how to design and conduct a survey related to budget transparency and human rights. The guide is based on the experience of the BTCN project.

Who we are

ANNA SCHNELL is a political economist specialising in the human rights based approach (HRBA) and in advancing human rights through budget transparency work. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economy from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. She worked for Save the Children for ten years, with issues related to public policy and budget monitoring for children’s rights. She co-founded the consultancy firm Melander Schnell Consultants in 2005 and has since worked with and for a range of organisations. Her work has included capacity building of civil society organisations in policy and budget monitoring, being a researcher on the Open Budget Survey, and setting up and working on a HRBA help desk for the Swedish International Development Coorporation Agency (Sida).

ERICA COETZEE is a researcher and writer with an interest in social transformation, particularly in the role of learning as a catalyst and enabler of change. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Philosophy (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Erica has worked extensively on projects related to democracy-building, anti-racism, human rights, gender, pro-poor development and active citizenship. She has developed content for educational media ranging from print to digital, academic to popular – on themes of history, culture, politics, economics and education. Erica also participates in creative writing and aimless moodling in Cape Town, where she lives with her family.

ERIK MELANDER is Professor and researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. He holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Research. His research and teaching focus on the causes and consequences of armed conflict, peace processes, and how conflict can be prevented. He uses a range of methods, and integrates a gender perspective. Erik has lived in Russia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. In addition, he has working experience from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Thailand, and the Yugoslav Federation.
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