Resourcing a Just Recovery from COVID-19

About the Initiative

“Resourcing a Just Recovery from COVID-19” by the Center for Economic and Social Rights aims to enable activists across different movements and geographies to assess how governments and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are resourcing economic responses to COVID-19; to challenge responses that undermine human rights and reinforce inequalities; and to promote transformative fiscal alternatives.

Why is now the time to act?     

”Not addressing the issue in the current global context would result in greater fragmentation and siloing of civil society responses to the crisis; continued neglect of human rights in economic policymaking; and a missed opportunity to seize the moment for transformative, systemic change in how our economies are organized and who wields power in them.”

What is your vision of change for the global economy with this initiative?

Our purpose is to achieve a greater collective counter-power of actors working across different social justice fields and movements to demand a more just and rights-centered economy. As part of this strategy, more widespread adoption of progressive and redistributive fiscal policies is needed to tackle the crisis, influenced by human rights-based advocacy. This transformation will lead to a longer-term shift in the narrative around the values underpinning the economy, including who it should benefit and how.”

How do you plan to leverage RVF support?

We appreciate the RVF’s support in building bridges between movements working for economic justice in the current context, including being connected with other RVF grantees. The program of work being funded is highly collaborative and focuses on sharing skills and learnings, as well as building collective power by joining forces across strands of advocacy. We would like for that ethos to apply not just to CESR’s program of work but to our engagement with the RVF as a whole. RVF also creates a network of connections and dissemination channels where outputs from CESR and our partners’ work can be shared.”

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