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Human Rights in Times of Austerity (Brazil)

Resources - Year: 2017

One year into Brazil’s 20-year constitutional cap on public spending, the Center for Social and Economic Rights, the Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC) and Oxfam Brazil have presented new empirical findings to the Brazilian Congress that illustrate austerity’s already severe impact on basic social and economic rights in the...

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Shame, Poverty and Social Protection

Resources - Author: Keetie Roelen / Year: 2017

Despite long-standing conceptual considerations of shame in understanding poverty and debates about its moral, social and emotional qualities, the role of shame in poverty reduction policies remains largely unexplored. Notions of shame or mechanisms leading to shame – such as stigma or lack of dignity or respect – feature...

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Social Protection and Resilience: supporting livelihoods in protracted crises and in fragile and humanitarian contexts

Resources - Author: Federico Spano, Natalia Winder Rossi, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, Sarah Kohnstamm / Year: 2017

The paper discusses the role social protection can play in saving livelihoods while also enhancing the capacity of households to respond, cope and withstand threats and crises. It focuses on social protection’s role in protracted crises and fragile and humanitarian contexts, as well as discusses the importance of shock-response...

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Protected Against Climate Damage? The opportunities and limitations of climate risk insurance for the protection of vulnerable populations

Resources - Author: Nicola Wiebe, Sabine Minninger, Thomas Hirsch / Year: 2017

Climate change is not a problem of a distant future; it is already a bitter reality for millions of people around the world today. Bread for the World (Brot für die Welt) and ACT Alliance’s partner organisations report that the regions in which they operate are increasingly experiencing the...

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Rethinking Transitions: economic and social justice in societies emerging from conflict

Resources - Author: Felipe Gómez Isa, Gaby Oré Aguilar / Year: 2011

Transitions bring the opportunity to rewrite the social contract between state and society, to restructure institutional architecture and tackle the political, social and economic deficits that contribute to social exclusion and deprivation. In transitions, economic and social rights have the potential to translate people’s social justice claims into normative...

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From Disparity to Dignity: tackling economic inequality through the Sustainable Development Goals

Resources - Author: Kate Donald, Lena Kahler, Nicholas Lusiani / Year: 2016

The briefing explores a critical set of redistributive policies – in the areas of social protection, health, education and taxation – that are key to tackling economic inequality from a human rights perspective. It also explains the equally crucial ‘pre-distributive’ policies – actions governments should take to ensure the...

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World Employment Social Outlook (2017)

Resources - Year: 2017

The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2017  takes stock of the current global labour market situation, assessing the most recent employment developments and forecasting unemployment levels in developed, emerging and developing countries. It also focuses on trends in job quality, paying particular attention to working poverty and vulnerable...

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Premier Rapport Mondial sur les Droits Economiques et Sociaux et Culturels

Resources - Year: 2016, 2017

Ce premier rapport 2016 sur la situation des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels de 42 pays est une initiative de L’Observatoire international sur les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (ObIDESC). Créé par le Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant, en collaboration avec l’OIDEL et la chaire UNESCO de l’Université de La...

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The Gendered Costs of Austerity: assessing the IMF’s role in budget cuts which threaten women’s rights

Resources - Author: Kate Donald, Nicholas Lusiani / Year: 2017

This briefing paper provides a brief assessment of the changing role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF or the Fund) with regards to one key fiscal consolidation measure: contractions in public expenditure. The briefing explores the Fund’s positive and negative influence over public expenditure decisions, and further explains how...

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IMF Monitor

Resources - Year: 2017

The website makes the first comprehensive and transparent database of IMF-mandated policy reforms  freely available to interested researchers and civil society organizations. The database systematizes the 58,406 conditions applicable to IMF programmes over the 1980-2014 period. The data was extracted from countries’ loan agreements with the IMF. This resource enables...

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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017: governance and fiscal management

Resources - Author: Hamza Ali Malik, Hongjoo Hahm, Shamshad Akhtar / Year: 2017

Economic growth in Asia-Pacific economies, although steady, is modest compared with its recent historical trend amid prolonged weak external demand and its ramifications, such as subdued investment and rising trade protectionism. While robust economic growth is not a sufficient condition for achieving broader development goals, the lack of it...

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The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index

Resources - Author: Matthew Martin, Max Lawson / Year: 2017

In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting the SDG to eliminate poverty will be impossible. Now Development Finance International and Oxfam have produced the first index to measure the commitment of governments to...

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Social Protection and Climate Change: How did the Philippines combine emergency relief with lasting protection after Haiyan?

Resources - Year: 2017

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines’ Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) provided emergency employment opportunities to affected populations, and affiliated participants to several social insurance schemes. Nearly 80,000 programme participants received immediate relief after the typhoon struck in 2013, and were enrolled in the national...

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