Human rights should permeate sustainable development finance options (November 2014)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Human rights should permeate sustainable development finance options (November 2014)


Last August, a UN committee set up to propose options for financing the Sustainable Development Goals delivered its report, which will be an important input into the intergovernmental deliberations that will decide on means of implementing the said goals next year. This response released by RightingFinance Initiative argues that the centrality of human rights and equality should not only permeate the new development goals agreed in 2015, but also the full range of means to finance them. On this premise, RightingFinance performs a human rights audit of the report.

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RBW addresses Lima right to education gathering

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Oct 25, 2014

RBW addresses Lima right to education gathering


On October 26, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be a panelist at the VIII Assembly of the Latin American Campaign on the Right to Education (CLADE, by its acronym in Spanish), being held in the city of Lima, Peru. He will address more than 70 right to education leaders from all countries in the region on the theme “Financing in the post-2015 development agenda: What’s at stake?” 

Education for Justice | Fri, Oct 24, 2014

The Real Story about Ebola

With all of the talk in the media about the spread of Ebola, it is easy to forget that this international concern is not just about another virus and that it is a multi-faceted issue. In his article in American Magazine entitled "The Real Story about Ebola," Michael Rozier explains that an examination of this epidemic reveals more than just healthcare issues. He states "Ebola is killing people, but its true power comes from poverty and political instability."

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Oct 19, 2014

RBW addresses Beijing meeting on global governance


On October 22, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be one of the panelists at the Second High Level Policy Forum on Global Governance, co-organized by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and UNDP in the city of Beijing. Mr. Caliari's presentation will address issues of sustainable development financing in the post-2015 context.

Center of Concern | Mon, Oct 13, 2014

Ensuring infrastructure investments address poverty and inequality



In the introductory chapter contributed to a recently-published book, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari identifies the fiscal and debt risks of relying on institutional investors to finance infrastructure and argues for strong governance safeguards, and checks and balances to ensure a fair distribution of risks and protection of the poorest and most vulnerable.

The book, “Infrastructure: for people or for profit? The crucial role of responsible and democratic governance,” was recently published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights. It includes perspectives by think tank, civil society and grassroots movements representatives from all parts of the world.

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RBW speaks at conference on Financial Transparency

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Oct 13, 2014

RBW speaks at conference on Financial Transparency


On October 14-15 2014 RBW Director Aldo Caliari attends the Financial Transparency Coalition Annual conference, which this year focuses on the theme “Hidden Money, Hidden Resources: Financing Development with Transparency.” This year's conference is held in the city of Lima, Peru, and he will be speaking at a session on the topic “Putting the “People” in Public Private Partnerships:  Infrastructure and Financial Transparency.”

Education for Justice | Tue, Oct 7, 2014

U.S. Institute of Peace: What's Next for Afghanistan?

On October 14, 15, and 16 the United States Institute of Peace will be hosting a series of discussions on the current state of Afghanistan and the obstacles it may face in the future. These events are open to the public, and those unable to attend in person are invited to participate on Twitter. The events are:

"Afghanistan Reconnected: Regional Economic Security Beyond 2014" - October 14

"Senator Levin on a New U.S.-Afghanistan Partnership" - October 15

"Tech Rising: The Influence of Social Media and New Technologies in Afghanistan’s Democracy" - October 16

To RSVP or get more information on these events or to learn more about this topic visit the USIP website at

Photo credit: U.S. Institute of Peace