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Latin American Training Program on Budget Work and Economic and Social Rights: August 17-26, 2009 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

The International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP), FUNDAR, the International Budget Program (IBP) together with ESCR-Net have formed a consortium to advance the field of budget analysis and human rights and to increase the capacity of groups to incorporate this analysis in their human rights work. Capacity-building was highlighted at the International Strategy Meeting in Kenya as one priority activity for this area of work. In August 2009, the first Latin American Training Program on Budget Work and Economic and Social Rights was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the first training conducted in Spanish and was co-organized with local organizations Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) and Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ). The program was aimed at activists involved in development work, social and economic justice movements, human rights organizations and applied budget groups based in and working in Latin American countries.  Program participants acquired the basic skills needed to read and analyze budgets, assess situations within a rights framework, and relate budgets to economic, social and cultural rights obligations. They also explored how these combined skills can be used in their ongoing advocacy efforts. Follow-up activities are now being discussed among organizers of the training. The Buenos Aires training is part of a series of regional and global trainings the consortium has organized over the past few years.

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