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Civil society raises alarm about IMF’s continued backing of austerity amidst pandemic
CESR joins over 500 civil society organizations and academics in issuing a joint letter calling on the IMF to immediately stop promoting austerity around the world, and instead advocate for policies that advance gender justice, reduce inequality.
IMF annuals side-event: Changing the rules for a just recovery
On September 30th, CESR's Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz, moderated a panel on "Changing the rules for a just recovery: aligning IMF's work with human rights and fiscal justice in Latin America and he Caribbean".
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Brazil
The Fight for Human Rights in the Context of COVID-19: a tough ride for Brazilian civil society organizations. Guest blog by Livi Gerbase, policy advisor at the Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC).
IMF annuals side-event: The Role of IFIs in a World of Intersecting Conflicts and Crises in the MENA Region
Taking place 5 October 2020, this session will assess IFI's policies in contexts of crises and conflicts, mainly in the MENA Region, by examining the existing policies and their impact on inequality.
Publications, Reports & Briefings
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020
The 2020 edition builds on the previous years’ analysis of structural obstacles to sustainable development and proposals for transformative change, but unpacks them with relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Peru Needs Fiscal Reforms to Quell High COVID-19 Death Rate
Sergio Chaparro and Laura Adriaensens on Inter Press Service discuss how Peru has been one of the Latin American countries with the lowest investment in social policies, leading to deep disparities in the realization of social rights.
CESR and Partners Hold Dialogues on Just Economic Recovery from COVID
The Initiative for Human Rights Principles in Fiscal Policy held a series of virtual dialogues with partners aimed at sharing tools and exploring opportunities to advocate for a just economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Colombia
Dejusticia's Alejandro Rodríguez Llach discusses the need for more comprehensive, rights-affirming income protections for Colombia's most vulnerable citizens, post-COVID.
Austerity is Killing Ecuador. The IMF Must Help End this Disaster
An opinion piece in the Guardian by CESR's Allison Corkery with Andrés Chiriboga-Tejada, Jayati Ghosh, Demba Moussa and Adrian Falco, calls on the IMF to examine the human rights impacts of its loan conditions in Ecuador.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | South Africa
Carilee Osborne and Pamela Choga of the Institute for Economic Justice discuss the South African government's inadequate response to COVID-19 and argue for a fundamental economic transformation that ensures human rights.
Confronting COVID-19 by Demanding Rights | August 2020 Round-Up
CESR continues to produce work that reflects on economic responses to COVID-19 and related advocacy efforts across movements and countries.
At HLPF, CESR's Mihir Mankad Calls for a Green, Rights-Based COVID Recovery
Speaking on a panel at the 2020 HLPF in July, Mihir Mankad said human rights must guide a just and green economic recovery to COVID.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Scotland
Alison Hosie, of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, argues for using human rights principles to shape the Scottish budgetary process, in order to "build back better."
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Argentina
Julieta Izcurdia of ACIJ argues for centering the rights of groups that suffer the most under COVID and for a fairer tax system in the long term.
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Brazil
Grazielle David, of the Fiscal Justice Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, discusses Brazilian civil society's efforts to create fiscal space for rights funding in the face of longstanding austerity and the federal government's lack of coordinated responses to the pandemic.
Peru: Financing a Just Recovery to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Behind a facade of economic success, Peru hides deep multidimensional inequalities which jeopardize achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
CESR Contributes Proposals for Sharing Economic Benefits ahead of HLPF
CESR contributed to a background paper exploring how economic policy should be transformed to achieve the SDGs and a just recovery from COVID-19, including through greater distributional justice to reduce inequalities.
COVID-19: Resourcing Rights—June 2020 Round-Up
CESR is working to spark conversations about how human rights standards and commitments can be used to help shape equitable responses to the economic fallout of COVID.
Human Rights Law Must Help Shape Government Responses to COVID-19
Allison Corkery's blog post at Equal Times emphasizes how upholding socioeconomic rights in a pandemic remains an obligation—and the law.
COVID-19: Recovering Rights Series
"COVID-19: Recovering Rights" series aims to spark collective debate on the question of how to transform post-COVID-19 economies so rights and dignity are placed at their center.
A Roadmap for Recovering Rights: New Series on Economic Responses to COVID-19
"COVID-19: Recovering Rights" series lays out how human rights standards can be used to shape economic responses to the pandemic.
Time for a Rights-Based Global Economic Stimulus to Tackle COVID-19
During this pandemic, economic rescue packages—nationally and globally—must protect the socioeconomic rights of those most at risk.
Development Finance for COVID-19 Should Uphold Human Rights
A statement from the Coalition for Human Rights Development that CESR contributed to urges development finance institutions to make sure their COVID relief funding upholds human rights and economic justice for the most vulnerable.
CESR Joins Judicial Action Against Devastating Brazilian Spending Freeze
CESR is supporting a coalition of 192 Brazilian civil society organizations and social justice groups as they file a judicial action against Brazil’s expenditure cap, which has had grievous effects on the wellbeing of many of Brazil’s citizens, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Proposal for a COVID-19 Emergency Basic Income in Colombia Gains Traction
The National University of Colombia has published a proposal co-authored by CESR’s Sergio Chaparro for adopting an emergency basic income in Colombia.
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 on Social Policy, Informal Labor and Economic Vulnerability
CESR's Sergio Chaparro co-authored an article in Colombia's El Espectador explaining the necessity for transformative economic recovery policies, such as a social protection floor, for providing long term security.
Truths and Lies about this Pandemic: What are the Lessons for Health Rights and Social Justice?
In a blog for the Global Intiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, former CESR board member Alicia Ely Yamin argues that the pandemic is not “a great equalizer” but rather an "x-ray" of preexisting social inequalities and rights violations driven by neoliberalism.
UN Expert Urges More Government Spending Targeting Inequality, not Big Business
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, calls for a dramatic increase in public spending that targets inequalities and poverty caused by the COVID-19 crisis, instead of bailing out corporations and banks.
Unions Must Support a Stronger Public COVID-19 Response and a New Global Economy
CESR board member and Public Services International General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli calls for a labor movement response to #COVID19 that boldly demands a new global economy.
CESCR Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights asserts that in the midst of the pandemic, States are obligated under international human rights law to devote their maximum available resources to the full realization of all economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health, in the most equitable manner.