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Center of Concern | Wed, Jun 10, 2015


Negotiations on the financing framework that will accompany the Sustainable Development Goals continue in full gear. But much more than the conference itself, what matters is the implementation that begins the day after: commitments undertaken at the conference will mean little without a strong framework for follow up, monitoring and review.

As part of its advocacy on the parallel processes towards a Third Financing for Development Conference (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) in July and Post-2015 Development Agenda (New York) in September, Center of Concern is promoting a strong accountability framework so the conference commitments make a difference in the years to follow.

CoC team member Aldo Caliari drafted the briefing paper published by CIDSE “Some reflections on the Third FFD Conference Follow-up – A Thinkpiece.” CoC is also cosponsoring side-events on this same topic during the Third Drafting Session of the Financing for Development Conference, June 18, and at the conference itself, in Addis Ababa.

“The Financing for Development Conference follow up process . . .  without major adjustments . ..  will . . . disappoint in a task to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he warned in a statement delivered as speaker selected by the Major Group of Non-governmental Organization during the recent New York negotiations. (Photo credit: United Nations Photo Library)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jul 1, 2015

Infrastructure finance: Can democracy prevail in the global policy debate?

What is the influence the Group of 20 in the economic policy debate and how is it exerted? An article by RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari explains how this informal entity with restricted membership has been able to influence and pre-empt outcomes in a formal, universal membership institution such as the UN. The article, appeared in the G20 Update newsletter published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, illustrates the argument by focusing on the debate on a proposed infrastructure initiative within the United Nations. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Rod with additional graphic work: Heinrich Boell Foundation)

Education for Justice | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Pope Francis Recognizes Oscar Romero as Martyr

The Church has announced the expected beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1980 in the midst of a brutal civil war. There has been great debate over the Archbishop's cause for sainthood over the decades, yet Pope Francis opened the path to canonization by declaring Romero a martyr of the faith. Read more.

Ecology and Development | Thu, Aug 7, 2014

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


Global Women's Project | Tue, Jun 24, 2014

How is Technology Interrupting the Business Model of Human Trafficking?

According to the Economist's report on human trafficking, women suffer most severely. The report says, "victims of international trafficking are women forced into some form of prostitution." In Europe and Central and South Asia, women, often previous victims of trafficking, are expected to recruit other women. The BBC reports of USSD technology being applied to camouflage text messages and allow local authorities to locate a phone.