A new resource, a hand book for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has been published. Since I came to the GSIJP Office in 2008 you in the networks have been engaged in collecting information for the then Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights – Magdalena Sepuleveda (2008 – 2014) The Handbook has been published by ATD 4th World and Franciscan International and is available in French, English and Spanish
The book is in four parts: Part 1 – The basics; Part 2 – Key principles for engaging with people living in poverty; Part 3 – Empowering people in extreme poverty to claim their rights; Part 4 – Monitoring and ensuring accountability.
This handbook will be very helpful to you in your various ministries with people living in poverty. It is a human rights perspective and suggests actions that can be taken with local government and other sectors of society to ensure that rights are respected and protected. The focus is on the barriers that prevent people living in poverty from enjoying many fundamental rights such as the right to food and nutrition, housing, work, heath and education. These are the subject matter of the new Sustainable Development Goals that came into force throughout the world on January 1, 2016
There you’ll also find links to the introductory video with subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and German HERE
Pilot implementations/trainings are being explored in 6 countries, tentatively: Benin, Kenya, India, Philippines, Argentina, Bolivia. If you want to be part of these implementations/training let me know.
30th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement “In response to the most pressing needs of today such as poverty … we commit ourselves, on unit, regional and congregational levels, to: Develop clear strategic plans integrating spirituality and justice and peace with the best ministry practices. This includes holding ourselves accountable to monitor and evaluate the results. See Part 4 Monitoring and ensuring accountability. This Handbook is an excellent resource, making human rights work for people living in extreme poverty, bringing about structural and systemic change.