Center of Concern | Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Center of Concern marks the Opening of the Year of Mercy

"How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care" (Misericordiae Vultus, #15).


Center team members Christine Hyland, Director of Development, and Anna Misleh, Assistant Editor of Education for Justice, celebrate the opening of the Year of Mercy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl on December 8, 2015.

Education for Justice | Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Bulletin Insert: Alternative Giving for Christmas

This bonus resource from Education for Justice highlights several organizations that offer suggestions for alternativing giving this Christmas season. To view the bulletin insert, click here:

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Challenges of financing the SDGs and private sector participation

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Challenges of financing the SDGs and private sector participation

Past the euphoria of the Summit that adopted the Sustainable Development Goals last September, the task left is the hard one of implementation of an agenda widely seen as the most ambitious ever undertaken by the international community. What this process is likely to make more evident is that the ambition of the means of implementation was not in correlation with the ambition of the agreed agenda. In an article appeared on Brujula Ciudadana, a magazine published by the Mexico-based Citizen Initiative for the Promotion of Dialogue Culture (Issue No. 72, October 2015), RBW Project Director  Aldo Caliari examines the challenges we can expect in the financing the SDGs and the participation of the private sector in the endeavor.

Read article (Only available in Spanish).

Download full publication (Caliari's article begins at page 28).

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Should infrastructure investors be exempt from human rights duties?

As this year’s Business and Human Rights Forum (November 16-18) and Group of 20 Summit (November 14-15) take place, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari takes a look at a striking dissonance between what is happening in each of these venues. At the Forum on Business and Human Rights, the main theme will revolve around a report on measuring implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The G20 is expected to adopt the second of two reports that contain “effective approaches” to implementing the High Level Principles on Long Term Investment Financing by Institutional Investors. Expected to guide the engagement of trillions of dollars-worth investors in infrastructure, the latter make no mention of the Guiding Principles.

Read blog appeared on RightingFinance and the London School of Economics' Measuring Business and Human Rights project.

Education for Justice | Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Prayer for Those Affected by Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane Patricia made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday, October 24. While the coastal threat is decreasing, damaging winds and heavy rainfalls are likely to cause flash floods and mud slides in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero. We hold in prayer all those affected by the hurricane, especially the poor, those on the margins, and with the least resources to cope and rebuild.

                             Argentina after the insolvency: Not yet a plaything of "vulture funds" (October 2015)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Argentina after the insolvency: Not yet a plaything of "vulture funds" (October 2015)

In 2001 amidst a profound economic and social crisis carrying tremendous human costs, and after successive adjustment programs prescribed by the International Monetary Fund had proved fruitless, Argentina had little choice but to stop payments and seek a renegotiation of the terms of its sovereign debt. Eventually, it reached deals restructuring the debt in 2005 and 2010 with more than 92 per cent of creditors who took a haircut (debt reduction) of around 70 cents on the dollar. NML Capital was among those creditors who refused to accept the terms of the agreement reached by Argentina with the majority of creditors and sued the country in US courts for payment of a 100 per cent of their credits.

In an article appeared on the German Forum on Environment and Development's magazine, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari explains how NML’s practice fits into a business model adopted by “vulture funds” and what is at stake in Argentinean attempts to fend off their judicial and political tactics. (Article is only available in German)