The Human Rights Measurement Initiative, HRMI, has adopted the Right Indices comprising the SERF Index as their economic and social rights metrics. They have just launched data visualization tools that allow you easily to compare a country’s performance on the different rights at a given time and over time, and to compare performance on each right within each geographic region. You can access these tools at www.humanrightsmeasurement.org by clicking on the orange button.
A new data visualization tool for the 2017 Update is now available that allows you to make radar plots of country performance for 2005, 2010, or 2015 evaluating performance using either the Core Index or the Supplementary Index for High Income OECD Countries. Check out this option here.
The SERF team’s book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (Oxford University Press) has received the book of the year award from the American Political Science Associations Human Rights Section.
Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlements Perspectives (Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Viviene Taylor eds.) has just been published by Capetown University press (Capetown University Press, 2016).
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:
- Battersby, Jane. “Urban Food Security”
- Cousins, Ben. “Agricultural Policy and the Right to Food in South Africa”
- Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko. “The Right to Food in South Africa”
- Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko. “The Right to Food: The Role of Economic and Social Policy”
- Hertel, Shareen. “Social Movements and the Politics of Right to Food Campaigns”
- Jacobs, Peter. “Who and Where are the Food Insecure Rural Households?”
- Langba, John. “Food Security in South Africa”
- May, Julia. “Inequities in Under-Five Child Nutritional Status in South Africa”
- Nyembezi, Nkosikhulule. “The Politics of the Right to Food”
- Randolph, Susan. “The Right to Food”
- Taylor,Viviene. “Social Policies and Food Security in South Africa”
The Third Annual Meeting of Metrics for Human Rights and Development was recently held in Madrid, Spain. Human rights and development practitioners took stock of the progress made and the challenges faced in monitoring economic and social rights.
The 2012 Social Watch Report features the SERF Index as one of the three core indices of social process, together with the Basic Capabilities Index and Gender Equity Index). See announcement and full downloadable report.
SERF Index featured by the New School: Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Ranks U.S. 20th of 24 Industrialized Nations