Monitoring of ESCR

The Monitoring Working Group (MWG) aims to advance effective monitoring strategies within the human rights community through enhanced understanding and application of innovative methods, with the view to ensure that States and other key actors are held accountable for their ESCR obligations. Monitoring describes a range of activities that seek to track progress in realizing ESCR and to identify and document deprivations of these rights. Among other areas, monitoring of ESCR is useful for: the identification of gaps in national budgetary and administrative measures; the collection of material for parallel reports to the U.N. and other bodies; the gathering of evidence to support litigation; highlighting the actual effects of development projects and corporate activities on local communities; and the review of implementation of laws and policies. In this light, the MWG offers a platform for the dissemination of resources and tools as well as a space for ESCR-Net members and allies to exchange ideas, build knowledge, foster collaborations and discuss practical application of monitoring tools in their ongoing work to build up credible evidence for claiming and defending ESCR. Also, the MWG is an opportunity to share experiences across fields of practice, and to develop collaborative projects to address significant human rights concerns.

The MWG was co-founded by CESR which came together with ACIJ, CELS, CWGL, FORUM-ASIA, Fundar, Hakijamii and INESC and a number of other ESCR-Net members in 2013, in response to the significant gap between formal human rights commitments – particularly to fulfil ESCR – and the actual circumstances experienced by millions of people around the world. The MWG formalized its wider membership in 2015, creating a foundation for collective work building on initial exchange of knowledge and experiences. The MWG is currently composed of around 40 organizations, individual advocates and academics that represent different geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders. The Steering Committee consists of the following 12 ESCR-Net members who play a central role in developing the work and functioning of the Working Group:

  • Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Argentina
  • Centro de Archivos y Acceso a la Información Pública (CAinfo), Uruguay
  • Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), United States / Coordinator of the Steering Committee
  • Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL, Rutgers University), United States
  • Fundar-Centro de Análisis e Investigación, Mexico
  • Hakijamii-Centre for Economic & Social Rights, Kenya
  • Housing and Land Rights Network (part of Habitat International Coalition), India
  • Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda
  • Nazdeek, India
  • Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR), Northern Ireland
  • Right to Education Project (RTE), United Kingdom
  • Aoife Nolan (Professor of the University of Nottingham), United Kingdom