Read the latest reflections and insights about human rights and the economy, written by our team and partners around the world.
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Exploring how to change mindsets about the economy in South Africa
Along a group of over 30 researchers, civil society organizations, and social movement activists, CESR is exploring how words and language can transform what we take for granted.
Using indicators to measure what we treasure
New initiatives are developing indicators to capture shifts in the policy landscape. Here, our team reflects on the efforts we and our allies are making to measure what matters.
One step closer to prioritizing human rights over Big Pharma profits
A joint effort between CESR and allies was influential in a recent declaration by CERD, which puts pressure on States to lift intellectual property barriers for the sake of people’s rights.
The right to health vs. the market: Rejecting the false dichotomy
A ruling from South Africa’s Constitutional Court shows how a Rights-Based Economy can give everyone the resources they need to prosper and guarantee their rights.
Our commitment to Equity and Justice: Reflecting on CESR’s journey to embody these values
We’ve embarked on a process of analyzing our work and workplace to fully embody the values we want for the world.
From Chile to the world: How the new Constitution can model debating fiscal justice and human rights
The process to draft a new Constitution in the Latin American country is showing how a fruitful public debate around the economy and human rights can happen.
Why tax justice is critical to the rights of persons with disabilities
As the 2022 Financing for Development Forum gets underway, guest bloggers Polly Meeks and Mirjam Gasser use examples from Switzerland, the UK, and India to illustrate why the rights of persons with disabilities cannot be fully realized without reform of the international tax system.
CSW in a time of climate and COVID crisis
Our Climate Justice Program Officer, Alina Saba, offers here a recount of the progress and challenges seen at CSW 66, the world’s largest gathering on women’s rights.
A refreshed look, more force to transform the economy
If this website seems different to you, it’s because we have a new look! Updating our visual identity is not just a cosmetic change: Here, we explain how it boosts our efforts to transform the economy through the power of human rights.
Are We Advancing Towards a Rights-Based Economy?: Outcomes of CESR’s mid-strategy review process
More activists and organizations are increasingly incorporating a human rights lens into their work, boosting efforts to transform the dominant economic system.
Interrogating the Legitimacy of Argentina’s Debt
Following Argentina’s announcement of reaching an agreement with the IMF, there is a groundswell of public debate about the legitimacy and the human impact of such payments. Human rights have a lot to say in the matter,
Fiscal Policy Needs a Disability Approach: How Do We Make It Possible?
Alberto Vásquez and Karina Huertas propose an inclusive approach to fiscal policy.
Moving Towards a New Generation of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
10 years after the adoption of the Guidelines by the UN, it is urgent to advance towards principles that address the massive scale and human rights impact of corporate tax abuse.
Time for a Rights-Based Economy (the inequality-based one isn’t working)
Human Rights Day message from our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz
Platforming Workers’ Rights in Global Tax Deals
Will the new “global solutions'' being proposed for taxing multinationals align with workers’ rights? In this new post, we analyze the links between global tax deal proposals and the lives of platform workers.
Testing the Water: Using Opera to Assess How the Right to Water in India Is Protected in a Changing Climate
How can activists expose the effects of government policies on people's rights? In this guest blog, Harvard law student Laura Bach details her experience using our OPERA Framework to explore how the right to water is guaranteed in India.
Global Minimum Tax: G7 Agreement Lacks in Legitimacy, Fails to Tackle the Root of the Problem
A truly progressive global tax reform must aim for the fair allocation of taxing rights for Global South countries, challenging the colonial foundations of the international financial system and giving all countries an equal seat at the table.
Reclaiming the Narrative: Using Data to Shift Power for Economic and Social Rights
Human rights can help us examine how power is reproduced in the production, collection, and use of data. They also suggest how we can correct these imbalances and distortions. We are engaging in collective efforts to develop data principles for economic, social, and cultural rights.
Zooming Out: Strategizing for a Just Recovery in Virtual Spaces
We recently experimented with a new format for sparking conversations online, gathering more than 50 partners and allies. The result? Valuable insights on the shared challenges of building a just recovery from COVID-19.
What Fiscal Reforms Is Latin America Clamoring for, and How Can We Make Them a Reality?
The current crisis in Colombia - where large-scale protests have been sparked by a proposed fiscal reform package - clearly shows the need for revitalizing the connection between fiscal policy and rights in the Latin American region and beyond. CESR is working with partners to do just this: opening tax debates to those whose rights are most affected by them.
Une Économie Basée sur les Droits: Dans des Périodes Critiques, une Feuille de Route pour l'Action
Nous ne nous sortirons pas de cette crise en relançant la «croissance économique», mais en transformant pour de bon notre système défaillant. Une économie foée sur les droits offre un plan de changement. email@example.com
Time for a Human Rights Injection Against Vaccine Nationalism
Wealthy countries and their pharmaceutical companies have shown themselves too selfish to be politely persuaded to show solidarity with those on the other side of the vaccine divide. It’s time to deploy a fuller arsenal of tools to compel them to cooperate as a matter of justice and human rights.
When Will the G20 Honor Its Debt to Human Rights?
Last week, we saw a flood of civil society actions and demands that all amount to a similar urgent task: to dismantle and rebuild our current global economic system.
Embedding Human Rights in Economic Responses: Learnings From Recovering Rights
At the end of last year, we asked readers and co-authors of our Recovering Rights series for their feedback. Here we share some of the insights we heard and lessons we’ve learned from this exercise.
A Rights-Based Economy: In Critical Times, a Roadmap for Action
We will not recover from this crisis by reviving "economic growth", but by transforming our broken system for good. A Rights-Based Economy offers a blueprint for change.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | The Rights of Persons With Disabilities
Polly Meeks, Elizabeth Lockwood, and Mohammed Ali Loutfy discuss the dire impact of the pandemic on persons with disabilities and how to effectively uphold their rights.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | New Zealand
Paul Hunt, Chief Human Rights Commissioner for Aotearoa New Zealand, narrates how the institution faced the human rights emergency brought on by the pandemic.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Mexico
Máximo Ernesto Jaramillo-Molina of Fundar, Center of Analysis and Research explains the policy responses needed to respond to the pandemic in Mexico.
Fiscal justice and human rights: strengthening collective counterpower for a transformative recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America will be the region most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, suffering its worst crisis in the last hundred years ,and the impacts will affect a region that already suffers severe inequality.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Serbia
Danilo Ćurčić discusses how in a country where nearly one quarter of the population is at risk of poverty, the pandemic has had devastating consequences on already marginalized communities.