Author: Alyssa Webb

Announcing New Partnership

The Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative has joined forces with the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, HRMI.  HRMI has adopted the SERF Index and underlying metrics as its economic and social rights scores for their “income-adjusted” quality of life metrics. HRMI proides extensive data visualization tools showing country performance over time and comparing country performance at a given time.  Explore HRMI’s data HERE.

Seminar: Right to Food and the Role of Economic and Social Policy in South Africa

South Africa leads the world in the development of legal provisions for economic and social rights yet SERF scores show mediocre performance in fulfilling the right to food. To examine this paradox, a seminar on the Right to Food and the role of economic and social policy was held at the University of Cape Town on May 30-31, 2012. Speakers and participants included leading researchers, jurists, parliamentarians and members of the National Human Rights Commission and the National Development Commission. Select documents are available here: