To promote a society in which all people are accorded equal respect and dignity, and their human rights are upheld, protected and fulfilled by the State through their participation and active involvement in decisions affecting their lives.


Participation and the Practice of Rights exists to facilitate and support the most marginalised groups to use a human rights based approach to change decision making relationships and improve the delivery of public services.


Participation drives the work of PPR. PPR is about changing the power imbalances which shape service delivery and resource allocation decisions. This focus on changing the power imbalance is the reason that participation of affected groups in holding duty-bearers to account in the way in which they uphold, protect and fulfil human rights standards and values, has to be central to its work.
Participation empowers affected groups to name their issues, articulate them in human rights terms and name the change they want to see. Empowerment enables the affected groups to become self-advocates rather than others advocating for change on their behalf. To this end, it is essential for PPR to build the capacity of affected groups so that human rights standards and values are made accessible and put at the service of those who need them most.
It is central to PPR's way of working that affected groups should hold duty-bearers to account through the setting of human rights indicators and benchmarks. This sets the terms for engagement with the duty-bearer, and makes it possible to monitor progress in securing human rights - in other words, democratising the operational framework for realising human rights standards.
PPR is motivated by advancing substantive equality. This goes beyond notions of 'equality of opportunity' and 'equality of results' and sees equality as transformative. This notion of substantive equality requires a restructuring of society in terms of distribution of power and resources, so that institutional structures which perpetuate oppression of the most marginalised groups in society can change.
Dignity consists of many overlapping principles, involving respect, privacy, autonomy and self-worth. Dignity is a core human rights principle and a core value of society. It underpins all the work of PPR.