Education for Justice | Wed, May 18, 2016

Become a Laudato Si Animator

“Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 14

Laudato Si Animators will promote the Laudato Si message from June 12-19, 2016 to help turn it into action in their local communities. You don’t need to be an expert of any sort to sign up as a Laudato Si Animator. Enthusiastic and interested individuals of ALL ages, walks of life, and backgrounds are needed to bring Laudato Si to life. The environmental crisis affects everyone and requires everyone to take action. Visit this website to learn how to sign up:

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, May 9, 2016

Applying human rights to tax policy-making and assessment

Last April, the “Panama papers” — more than 11 million documents leaked from a secretive law firm in Panama – exposed the tax evasion and avoidance maneuvers of companies and high net worth individuals. Some experts say that what the leak exposed represents just the tip of the iceberg. But the human rights impacts that come as a result of depriving States of public revenue are the even bigger iceberg and deserve urgent attention.

The first two in a series of advocacy tools by the RightingFinance Initiative offer guidance on how human rights obligations are relevant to the process of designing and evaluating tax policy.

The publications, “Equality and Non-discrimination in Tax Policy” and “Maximum Available Resources, Non-retrogression and Minimum Essential Levels in Tax Policy,” lay out legal foundations for the human rights principles featured in their titles, applications to tax policy, and guiding questions for reflection.

Click here to read a blog on these publications.

Center of Concern | Tue, May 3, 2016

In Gratitude and Joy: Celebrating 45 Years at Center of Concern!

The Center for Our Concern: Reflections on 45 Years of Research, Education, and Advocacy

Center of Concern’s president, Lester A. Myers, reflects on the three moments of recollection, gratitude, and hope that provide a glimpse of the changing signs of the times that have touched the Center’s stakeholders in social, cultural, economic, and spiritual terms over the past 45 years. To read this reflection, click on the PDF below.

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Education for Justice | Mon, May 2, 2016

Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J.: A Prophet of Peace and a Poet of Justice

In this reflection, we celebrate the life of Daniel Berrigan, S.J., poet and prophet, who committed his life to work for justice and peace. May Fr. Berrigan's prophetic spirit continue to burn brightly and guide all who are called to speak truth to power. 

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Education for Justice | Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Provide Relief for Ecuador Earthquake

Support relief efforts in Ecuador by donating to Water with Blessings, run by Center Creative Voice Sr. Larraine Lauter, O.S.U. Water With Blessings invites partnership with faith-based organizations for the purpose of distributing water purification systems to earthquake victims in Ecuador. See the attached flyer. For more information, please contact Water with Blessings at or call Sr. Larraine at +1 (502) 356-9281.

Public Private Partnerships: Can they be held accountable?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Public Private Partnerships: Can they be held accountable?

As part of a trend to assign a greater role to the private sector in development finance, the importance of Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) in policy discourse has been growing. But PPPs suffer of a checkered track-record regarding environmental and human rights, as well as fiscal and poverty impacts. A recent World Bank evaluation recognized available evidence to promote them is scattered at best. What standards should be in place to suppress, or at least, mitigate some of their negative outcomes? Policy documents recently drafted by Center of Concern and other colleague organizations, offer some proposals.

Read submission to World Bank PPPs Disclosure Framework.

Read letter to UN Economic Commission for Europe.

Education for Justice | Mon, Apr 11, 2016

A Call for Prayer and Solidarity

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International will convene an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence, from April 11-13, 2016. In recognition of the Year of Mercy declared by the Holy Father, this carefully planned Catholic conference on nonviolence and just peace will take place in Rome. The invited participants represent a broad spectrum of Church experiences in peacebuilding and creative nonviolence in the face of violence and war. Pax Christi International has asked for the global community's prayers leading up to and during this monumental conference. Join Education for Justice and pray the attached prayer for Nonviolence and Just Peace!

Center of Concern | Mon, Apr 11, 2016

CoC featured at Spring meetings of World Bank, IMF, UN Financing for Development Forum

On April 15-17 2016, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund hold their Spring meetings in Washington DC. The Center of Concern is involved in several events, addressing the accountability of infrastructure finance and Public-Private Partnerships.

The following week, on April 18-20, the first follow-up Financing for Development Forum will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. This meeting provides follow up to the Financing for Development Conference outcomes and Means of Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and governments will be negotiating a statement on the status of implementation. Center of Concern has played an active role in drafting inputs for the forum. RBW Project Director will moderate a side-event on reforms of the international financial system to finance sustainable development.

On April 21 and 22, the Center of Concern is pleased to co-sponsor, together with the Columbia University’s Institute for the Study  of Human Rights, Natural Justice, International Development Initiatives and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, a workshop on “The Future Development Finance and Accountability Landscape.” The meeting will be held at Columbia University campus in New York. It will bring together civil society, academic and intergovernmental organizations’ experts and practitioners with accountability and finance backgrounds to discuss the trends in financing of infrastructure, who are the emerging players and what all of it means for strategies to ensure development finance institutions are accountable for their human rights and environmental and social impacts.