Shadow report on economic, social and cultural rights

Methodological guide

Thursday 3 September 2009

This guidebook presents the approach of drafting shadow reports on economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights). Such reports enable the civil society to appropriate their ESC rights and call on public authorities for responsibility.

The guidebook brings together the field experience of Terre des Hommes France’s old or recent partners such as Guamina, as part of the Malian ESC Rights Platform, Convergencia de Organismos Civiles (Mexico), FASE (Brazil), and PhilRights (Philippines), as well as the IMPACT Network’s scientific experience in terms of public policies aiming at the reduction of poverty and inequalities.

Table of contents

I. Introduction
I.1. An overview of human rights at international level
I.2. The work of the Committee on ESC rights
I.3. Civil society’s contribution to the work of the Committee on ESC rights

II. Towards a generalised shadow report drafting methodology
II.1 Defining a collective organisational framework
II.2. Drafting a shadow report
II.3. Perpetuating the initiative
II.4. Practical examples

III. Analysing the impact of shadow reports
III.1. Shadow reports and civil society
III.2. Shadow reports and public policies
III.3. Impact of shadow reports at international level

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