Books and guides can provide important, basic information about a topic. It is with this in mind that IHRIP has collaborated with a number of other organizations, working at the national, regional and international levels, to produce two publications for civil society groups (as well as interested governmental bodies and agencies) on human rights budget work:
Resources on human rights budget work
Budget Work to Advance the Right to Food: “Many a slip…”, while focused on the right to food, sets out a methodology for using budget analysis on issues affecting a range of rights. The guide focuses on situations where the right to food is at risk and where the government’s budget appears to be a significant factor in the situation. It provides suggestions for a step-by-step process for analyzing the situation and relevant aspects of the government’s budget, to identify the precise role the budget plays, and to arrive at recommendations that should lead to improvements.
Dignity Counts: A guide to using budget analysis to advance human rights was published in 2004 by IHRIP together with the IBP and Fundar. Dignity Counts, which focuses on a right to health situation, was the first publication to explore the relationship of human rights to government budgets and to propose processes for analyzing budgets from a rights perspective.
Resources on economic and social rights work
While the full range of IHRIP’s publications is included elsewhere on this site, because budget work is most closely associated with economic and social rights work, mention is made here of two resources that IHRIP has produced on ES rights work:
Circle of Rights–Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Activism: A Training Resource, developed in collaboration with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) and published in 2000, comprises chapters on specific rights (food, housing, health, etc.), on the ESC rights of specific groups, domestic legal systems and ESC rights, and on taking ESC rights issues to regional and international bodies.
Out of the Shadows is a 50-minute video, produced in 2000, that introduces the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and shadows two NGOs, one in Argentina, the other in Canada, that submit alternative reports and make other interventions to the Committee. The video is designed to inform viewers about how civil society groups can approach Committee and utilize its findings in their work back home.
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