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Philippines: Rights-based, broad alliance wins victory on harmful fiscal incentives

On an ordinary busy weekday at the office four years ago colleagues from Philippines-based organization Rural Urban Peoples’ Linkages (RUPeL) were having their usual banters and discussions with farmers of RUPeL’s partner organizations. That day, Nanay Lidy, an elder woman and one of the women leaders of the group, was sorely missed. Her animated storytelling … Continue reading »

Carved in stone or written in the sand? The search for accountability in development agendas

Some four thousand years ago, King Hammurabi had the laws of his domains between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers carved in stone and placed in front of his palace. The laws were written in the plain language of the people, not in the arcane idiom of the priests, so that everybody could understand them. They … Continue reading »

China’s human rights extraterritorial obligations on finance subject to scrutiny

A report prepared by the Global Initiative for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) made recommendations addressing extraterritorial obligations in regards to finance on the People’s Republic of China. The document was one of the Parallel Reports on the occasion of the consideration of the Second Periodic Report of the People’s Republic of China by … Continue reading »

Uruguay: How rights and guarantees for workers aid growth and development

A video produced by Social Watch features Uruguayan ministers of Interior, Labour and Social Development in candid dialogue with international civil society representatives. Uruguay’s formula for growing the economy and attracting investment relied on increasing real wages and strengthening the trade unions. Why and how is it that the Uruguayan formula works? In 2013, even “The … Continue reading »

Preventing tax abuses: A human rights duty

Tax abuses deprive governments of the resources required to provide the programmes that give effect to economic, social and cultural rights, and to create and strengthen the institutions that uphold civil and political rights, according to a new report issued by a group of experts commissioned by the International Bar Association. The report, “Tax Abuses, … Continue reading »

Human right to housing requires shift away from financialization paradigm

In a recent report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing (“the Rapporteur”), Ms Raquel Rolnik called for a paradigm shift from the financialization of housing to a human rights-based approach. In the report, she builds on a previous one where she had highlighted how the deregulation, liberalization and globalization of housing finance … Continue reading »

Economic Crisis and Women’s Work: Exploring Progressive Strategies in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment

A new report published by UN Women, “Economic Crisis and Women’s Work: Exploring Progressive Strategies in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment” examines the differential impacts of economic crises on women. The introduction elaborates 3 approaches to this topic: (1) “Women as buffers” refers to the idea that women tend to have more fragile and flexible contracts … Continue reading »

A Value-based Approach to Financial Regulation

A paper published by the international alliance of Catholic development agencies, CIDSE, “A Value-Based Approach to Financial Regulation,” offers some perspectives on human rights and financial regulation. Written from the standpoint of Catholic Social Teaching, the paper identifies several principles from that body of teachings that are relevant to the task of assessing financial regulation … Continue reading »

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