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Rethinking Macro Economic Strategies from a Human Rights Perspective: Why MES with Human Rights II

Rethinking Macro Economic Strategies from a Human Rights Perspective (Why MES with Human Rights II) draws from two years of collaborative work undertaken in the United States and Mexico. Many people and organizations have been involved in this project and this report is just one of the products to emerge from the efforts of this diverse group of participants.

The Ford Foundation has provided invaluable support at multiple levels since the very inception of this project. I am indebted to Mario Bronfman and David Myhre who facilitated the identification and selection of Mexico-based partners, provided financial assistance as well as substantive input over the past two years. Jael Silliman and Monette Zard at Ford in New York have been champions of this work, committing both resources and important advice.

I would like to thank Fundar, the Center for Analysis and Investigation, in Mexico. They are the partners to this project. The project team was outstanding, able to work collaboratively over many changes and I thank everyone in the team for their hard work as well as their humor and friendship. (See Appendix II) There is one person who without her critical input this work would not have been possible and that is Diane Elson. She has been a true comrade for many years and this project is so much richer because of her input.

I would also like to thank the advisory committee for this project who embodied the crossfertilization between economist and human rights advocates that this project advances.

They have provided important insight and counsel at many stages of the project. Their input helped clarify the conceptualization and direction of the work. In particular I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Clara Jusidman, who made important introductions and substantive input into the work. In addition I would like to thank Cathy Albisa, Ann Blyberg, James Heintz and Manuel Montes for their comments on a draft of this report.

(See Appendix II). I would like to thank Nursel Aydiner-Avsar who is part of the US team and provided an enormous amount of help in getting this report ready for publication.

Marymount Manhattan College has helped me in many ways. Several students have worked with me and continue to work with me on this project. Alexis Krauss, Chris Perre, Ryan Francis, Audrey Thweatt and Daniel Mathews were research assistants and were able to attend at least one of the advisory group meetings. Mike Backus and Diana Nash provided administrative assistance at different phases. I would also like to thank the staff in the Institutional Advancement Office and the Finance Office for overseeing the administration of the grant funds. The college also provided me with a leave at the early part of the conceptual phase that allowed me to spend time in Mexico.

This report was copy edited by Michael Colvin, Marymount Manhattan College, and designed by Susan Huyser.

Radhika Balakrishnan
Professor of Economics and International Studies
Marymount Manhattan College
Project Director

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