Show Me the Money: Achieving Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights through Government Budgets

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Title: Show Me the Money: Achieving Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights through Government Budgets
Author: Bachenberg, Kelsey; Bhojani, Alizeh; Casey, Elisa; Choe, Youjin; Dhami, Manmeet; Dodson, Cammie; Fellerman, Julian; Goswamy, Neena; Hastings, Thayer; Hess, Kristen; Joswiak, Naomi; Lopez, Giselle; Meigs, Jeff; Patel, Akshika; Riley, Brittney; Sternberg, Emilia; Tillman, Cassie; Van Houten, Sarah
Abstract: This Task Force focuses on examining and elaborating on the possibilities of implementation of three specific obligations outlined in Article 2 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) through increased transparency, participation, and thus accountability in public budgeting processes. The three obligations – utilizing maximum available resources, progressively realizing rights, and implementing rights without discrimination – are explored in both international and national contexts to clarify their meaning and implications for government budgets. Economic, social, and cultural rights guarantee basic rights such as a right to health, housing, and food security, and are integral for maintaining human dignity and well being. Government budgets are one of the most concrete and effective means to ensure that progress is made to realize these rights, yet there are several fundamental issues that need to be addressed. This report examines the various avenues through which IBP, the CESCR, governments, and international organizations can cooperate to improve budget processes. By working to clarify obligations, prioritize specific budgetary objectives, improve spending practices, and develop international funding and monitoring mechanisms, IBP can continue to be a force for progress in the field of human rights.
Description: Created as part of the 2011 Jackson School for International Studies SIS 495: Task Force. Sanjeev Khagram, Task Force Advisor; Helena Hofbauer, Evaluator; Giselle Lopez, Coordinator.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/16494

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