Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Aug 18, 2015

South Africa events feature RBW on infrastructure, finance and human rights

On August 19-21, 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will attend the Winter School on Infrastructure Investment and Development in Africa, being held in Johannesburg (South Africa). At the meeting, organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Third World Network-Africa, he will speak on the role of institutional investors in financing infrastructure, financial markets and the relationship with sustainable development goals and human rights.

The day before (August 18th) he will deliver a presentation on human rights and finance at the University of Pretoria, where he will also meet faculty and authorities. On August 21st, he will deliver a presentation on related issues to an audience of practitioners, researchers and others at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law.

Education for Justice | Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigrants Held in Detention

A report from the associated press stated that five immigrant mothers from Central America were mistreated in U.S. detention centers. Read the whole article here: Remembering our brothers and sisters who are fleeing violence in Central America, EFJ invites you into a moment of prayer to recall the words of Jesus: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me"

Center of Concern | Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Center President at Vatican Conference on Encyclical Laudato Si and CIDSE 50th Anniversary

Center of Concern President Dr. Lester A. Myers attended the conference, “People and Planet First: The Imperative to Change Course,” at the Vatican from July 1st through 3d to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) and to discuss issues of integral ecology in the wake of the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si. The Center is the United States representative to CIDSE, an international alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies based in Brussels working together for global justice. The founding of CIDSE occurred in the final weeks of Vatican Council II and the alliance and its members have served the Church and the world to help implement the council’s vision for a more just global community.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 8, 2015

RBW speaks on financing for development and right to education

On August 10 through 12, 2015, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari joins the VIII Meeting of the Regional Fund of Civil Society for Education, which is organized in Buenos Aires (Argentina) by the Latin America Campaign on the Right to Education (CLADE, by its acronym in Spanish), Ayuda en Accion Foundation, and others. At the meeting, which will be attended by education specialists and advocates from the region and beyond, he will speak on Financing for Development and the post-2015 development agenda, and what is at stake for Latin America/Caribbean region and the right to education.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Aug 7, 2015

Center's Community of Creative Voices Offers New Resource: "Wisdom of Water"

Dianna Ortiz, OSU, editor of the Center's Community of Creative Voices welcomes Sister Larraine Lauter's educational resource, a testimony of her experiences in Central America as co-founder of Water with Blessings. Sr Larraine's reflection includes guidance on teaching the necessity and joy of clean water to which she refers as "Sister Water." The full story is available through the Center's Education for Justice Project subscription, which provides access to this resource and many social justice interactive tools, prayer, and images. Photo credit: Water With Blessings


Education for Justice | Wed, Aug 5, 2015

In Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


70 years ago, on August 6 and 9, 1945, the U.S. unleashed atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The atrocities that followed in the minutes, hours, days, months and years after these bombings are still remembered today. Join our prayer of remembrance as we recall "the skies that rained down fire."


Encourage members of Congress to support the Iran Nuclear Deal, an important step to prevent the repeat of another Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Call the Capitol switchboard at: +1 (202) 224-3121.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Greek crisis brings to the fore human rights implications of macroeconomic policies

On a recent press release, the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, urged the European institutions, the International Monetary Fund and the Greek Government to fully assess the impact on human rights of possible new austerity measures to ensure that they do not come as a cost to human rights. “[F]urther adjustment policies should respect the human rights obligations that are binding not only for the Government of Greece, but as well for the creditor countries and lending institutions,” he said, adding that some of the harsh austerity measures could be incompatible with European and international human rights law. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/ Jonathan Stevenson/Jubilee Debt Campaign)

Read full press release

How much did the IMF and World Bank influence Financing for Development?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jul 22, 2015

How much did the IMF and World Bank influence Financing for Development?

In a recent briefing published by the UK-based Bretton Woods Project on its “At Issue” edition of its bulletin “The Observer,” Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari reflected upon the often problematic role played by the IMF and World Bank in the negotiations leading up to the UN's Financing for Development (FFD) recently held  in Addis Ababa.