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Center of Concern | Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Kyle Mistretta (left) is a summer intern for the Center. He is studying biology and pre-med at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

Kristine Baekaard (center) is a summer intern for Education for Justice. She is studying international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England.

Skyler Clay (right) is a volunteer working with Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern. She is a rising junior at School Without Walls Senior High School in Washington, D.C., and will be studying documentary film making in Seville, Spain, later this summer.

Education for Justice | Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Crisis in Jail Ogaden

In the heart of the Somali region, lies one of the most notorious detention centers in Ethiopia. Jail Ogaden is home to thousands of prisoners, who are brutalized and neglected, most of them having never been charged with a crime. Read the Human Rights Watch report: "We are Like the Dead: Torture and other Human Rights Abuses in Jail Ogaden, Somali Regional State, Ethiopia" here: https://bit.ly/2KAPtvo. Copyright © 2018, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Strategic Workshop in Rome on Challenging the ‘Billions to Trillions’ Model of Financing Development’: Brainstorming on Issues and Future Advocacy

The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at Center of Concern will be collaborating with the Society for International Development, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and others to convene a three-day workshop in Rome, Italy, that will explore and deconstruct the fast moving transformation of the global system of development finance that is currently underway among the G20 and the world’s major multilateral development banks (MDBs) including the World Bank.

The G20 and MDBs are currently undertaking a major overhaul of the traditional operational system for development finance. This overhaul, called “Maximizing Finance for Development” (MFD), will shift from a publicly financed model for foreign aid and development finance to a new privately financed approach. However, this new approach is directly at odds with the human rights-based framework in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which most MDBs have committed support. Titled, “Capacity-Building Project on Financial Regulation and Human Rights,” the workshop will convene leaders from civil society and scholarly institutions from the affected countries to share research and analysis regarding these major developments to raise awareness, provide data, and develop methodologies for civil society organizations to engage more efficiently and effectively in this global debate.

Participants will (1) explore these developments, identify the key elements of financialization necessary for training materials and financial literacy modules; and (2) begin planning and organizing a larger, multi-country, multi-year education and advocacy project to raise awareness and help prepare civil society to address these significant changes underway in the development finance system.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Laudato Si’: The End of the Beginning for the Journey Toward Care for Our Common Home and One Another

"Three years ago, the world waited impatiently for the new encyclical letter on integral ecology by Pope Francis. For months ahead of its unveiling, people in the know—social activists, theologians, ecologists—Catholic or not, speculated, theorized, and dreamed of all that this important message might contain. We knew that the words from the Holy Father would be coming at a critical time, in the lead up to the COP21 Climate talks in Paris. Those of us who had been praying for the world to wake up to the urgency of the current ecological crisis put our hopes in the hands of Pope Francis and this encyclical." Read the rest of Josianne's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2018/01/22/laudato-si-the-end-of-the-beginning-for-the-journey-toward-care-for-our-common-home-and-one-another/.

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Report: "Violence against women migrant workers"

This report from the United Nations Secretary General was published on July 25, 2017. It outlines the current context with respect to the problem of violence against women migrant workers. It provides information on the measures taken by Member States and activities undertaken within the United Nations system to address this issue and ensure the protection of migrant women’s human rights. The report concludes with recommendations for future action.