Publications

Over three decades, CESR has published more than 150 pieces that have shaped debates on human rights and economic policies. Browse our database of factsheets, reports, case studies, and more.

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Case studies, Publications | December 17, 2021
The right to health of miners in Botswana

This brief case study examines the use of OPERA, CESR’s research framework, to assess the right to health of miners and ex-miners in Botswana.

Publications, Submissions | November 17, 2021
CESR's Submission to UN’s Independent Expert on Foreign Debt

We urge Prof. Attiya Waris to investigate the linkages between rising debt, tax systems, governance, and climate action.

Publications | October 10, 2021
Learning From Our Community

What have we learned from our organizations mobilizing for economic transformation in the wake of COVID-19.

Our Work, Publications | October 7, 2021
2020 Annual Report

In our 2020 annual report, you can learn how we reaffirmed our determination to harness the transformative power of human rights to advance economic and environmental justice.

Publications | September 17, 2021
2021 Spotlight Report

Spotlight on Sustainable Development Report 2021 is the most comprehensive global civil society assessment of progress on the sustainable development agenda and the systemic obstacles it faces.

Opinion, Publications | August 14, 2021
Tax Reforms and Global Redistribution: Situating the Global South

In this commentary piece for Economic & Political Weekly, our Program Officer, Sakshi Rai, argues for an urgent overhaul of the international financial system, as it continues to undermine workers' rights.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | August 5, 2021
Aligning Demands for a Just Recovery

We organized two community calls with partners and allies from across the social, economic, and environmental justice movements. In this brief publication, you can find out more about what we learned about working together for a rights-based economic transformation in the wake of COVID-19.

Publications | August 1, 2021
Economics & Human Rights in South Africa During COVID

In this collaborative series between the Institute for Economic Justice, CESR and SECTION27, we explore the link between economics and human rights during COVID-19 in South Africa.

Academic pieces, Publications | May 10, 2021
Freeing Fiscal Space: A Human Rights Imperative in Response to COVID-19

Our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz, contributed to a new issue of GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS, published by the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF).

Academic pieces, Publications | April 22, 2021
Rights Not Debts

CESR contributed to Progressive International's Debt Justice Blueprint, a series of essays that tackle the different dimensions of debt.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | October 26, 2020
A Rights-Based Economy: Putting people and planet first

What would it would look like if we had an economy based on human rights? CESR and Christian Aid explore this question in A Rights-Based Economy: Putting people and planet first.

Blog, Publications | October 25, 2020
COVID-19: Recovering Rights Series

How might our economies be transformed in the wake of COVID-19 if our rights and dignity were placed at their center? The Recovering Rights series aims to spark collective debate on this question.

Books, Publications | October 20, 2020
Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights

This exciting new Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights, published by Edward Elgar, provides a comprehensive, cutting edge analysis of economic, social and cultural rights. It also explores the connection between these and other rights. It combines practitioner and academic perspectives—including from CESR and a number of our partners and allies—to offer an authoritative analysis of standards and jurisprudence.

Our Work, Publications | October 15, 2020
2019 Annual Report

CESR's annual report for 2019 surveys the impact of our work in a year when millions around the world took to the streets. It shares some of the progress we made—in countries around the world, in international human rights and development spaces, and in the broader field of social justice activism which we serve.

Academic pieces, Publications | October 14, 2020
International Journal of Human Rights: Special Issue on human rights and economic policy reform

Volume 24, Issue 9 of the International Journal of Human Rights is a special issue, co-edited by Aoife Nolan and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky. It brings together experts working on human rights and economic policy from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including economics, law, and development studies.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 17, 2020
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

The 2020 edition builds on the previous years’ analysis of structural obstacles to sustainable development and proposals for transformative change, but unpacks them with relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 9, 2020
All Risk and No Reward: How the Government and Mine Companies Fail to Protect the Right to Health of Miners and Ex-Miners in Botswana

CESR partnered with the Botswana Labour Migrants Association (BoLAMA) and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Center for International Human Rights to investigate enjoyment of the right to health by the people who built Botswana’s wealth – miners and their communities.

Manuals & Guides, Publications | July 27, 2020
An Advocacy Toolkit for Fiscal Justice and Human Rights

The Advocacy Toolkit assists civil society organizations who want to leverage human rights standards and strategies in their pursuit of accountability for injustices rooted in economic policy.

Factsheets, Publications | July 10, 2020
Peru: Financing a Just Recovery to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Behind a facade of economic success, Peru hides deep multidimensional inequalities which jeopardize achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Publications | November 25, 2019
Resources Restricting Rights: Fiscal Policy, Inequality and Social Rights in Peru

Funding gaps for education and healthcare in Peru create significant obstacles to the guarantee of human rights and economic equality.

Publications | October 18, 2019
2018 Annual Report

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of our founding as the first international NGO committed to enlisting human rights in the struggle for economic and social justice, CESR made important advances in the struggles against austerity and regressive tax policies, as well as implemented innovative tools for rights monitoring and accountability.

Publications | October 9, 2019
Egypt Social Progress Indicators: Education

Egypt’s performance in some areas of education is relatively high compared to other LMICs, but in other areas it is very low. 

Publications | October 8, 2019
Egypt: Rights, Regression and Repression

This factsheet finds that Egypt still suffers from staggering levels of socioeconomic inequality, a stagnant labor market, widespread poverty, and endemic corruption.   

Publications, Reports & Briefings | August 8, 2019
The Next Act for OPERA

Consultations with partners who use the OPERA framework found that users need practical guidance and creative models.

Publications | July 16, 2019
South Africa: Is Domestic Resource Mobilization Reducing Inequality?

This factsheet for the 2019 HLPF review suggests that South Africa is not taking the right policy and budgetary steps to reduce inequality, realize social and economic rights and achieve its sustainable development commitments.

Publications | July 9, 2019
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019

The 2019 Spotlight Report analyzes how current global and national governance arrangements are hindering implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Publications | June 26, 2019
Tax Justice and Human Rights: Overview of CESR Materials

Tax Justice and Human Rights: An Overview of Materials from the Center for Economic and Social Rights

Publications | June 26, 2019
Tackling Economic Inequality Through Human Rights: Overview of CESR Materials

Tacking Economic Inequality Through Human Rights: An Overview of Materials from the Center for Economic and Social Rights

Publications | June 14, 2019
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Overview of CESR materials

Key CESR publications relating to the SDGs.

Publications | May 29, 2019
Egypt Social Progress Indicators: Health

Despite Egypt’s general progress on health outcomes, gaps persist that reflect entrenched patterns of social and economic disparity.

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