Expanding Renewable Energy for Access and Development
The International Development Law Unit (IDLU) at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Boston University, Global Development Policy Center, the SADC Development Finance Resource Centre (SADC-DFRC), the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa recently published a report that articulates how development finance can play a significant role in helping SADC countries shift toward more renewable and accessible energy sources for their countries.
"In order for SADC to meet the needs and aspirations of its people, there is a need for a significant increase in investments into the energy sector in general, and renewable energy in particular."
The report will be launced on 19 November 2020 at 14:30 SAST.
How to make economic reforms consistent with human rights obligations
UN Independent Expert and Centre for Human Rights develop booklet to promote economic reforms that are consistent with human rights obligations
The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Dr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, developed the Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms (A/HRC/40/57) to help governments understand how to use human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) to promote human rights compliant economic reform policies. In March 2019, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution-taking note with appreciation of the Guiding Principles and encouraging states and intergovernmental organizations to consider taking them into account in developing and implementing economic reform policies. They can also be used by non-state actors to assess how well their government’s economic reforms comply with their human rights obligations.
Prof Daniel Bradlow of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria developed the attached booklet in collaboration with Dr. Bohoslavsky and with the assistance of Ms. Tizi Merafe. It provides state authorities, national human rights institutions, individuals, groups and communities, non-governmental organizations, media, and civil society groups working with groups in situation of vulnerability, with a user-friendly introduction to the Guiding Principles and their potential use in promoting more human rights consistent economic reforms. This booklet was made possible with generous funding from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.