Read On! Taking Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Seriously in International Criminal Law



Evelyne Schmid, Taking Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Seriously in International Criminal Law, Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, 2015.

At least sincoverpictce Amartya Sen’s economic research, it is well-known that many of ‘those who fall victim to adverse human agency are not injured by proximate violence but as a result of being compelled to live in subhuman conditions’. To address this fact, scholars and practitioners have been debating whether the mechanisms commonly used to address legacies of widespread abuse could engage with economic, social and cultural abuses. Should they be encouraged to do so? And can international law(yers) be of any help in this regard?

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What to Think About While Reading ‘Building Social Business’

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1. What is your definition of social business?

2. Do you agree with Yunus that social businesses must invest 100% of profits back into the social mission? What are some incentives beyond profit to interest investors -assuming they are not all motivated by social good outcomes?

3. Marketing: should businesses focus more on the product they are selling to consumers or advertise their social mission as well?

4. How can nonprofits and social businesses balance the expectations of donors/investors, customers, and beneficiaries?

5. Corporate Social Responsibility is a growing area many businesses are adding to their companies. In your opinion, does this count as social business?

What questions do you have about social business?

2014 in review


Thanks WordPress for this neat little year end summary. Hope you’ve all learned as much as I  have this year.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

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Click here to see the complete report.

Book Club Series, No. 5: Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention


“Don’t worry about making people angry.”

An interview with Severine Autesserre, the author of Peaceland, who advocates for more bottom-up approaches to peacebuilding.

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One and a half billion people live under the threat of violence in conflict zones around the world, writes Severine Autesserre in her new book,Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention.International interveners and peacekeepers can critically assist host countries in building a sustainable peace, she explains, but they rarely do so. Severine

Autesserre is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She works on civil wars, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. Her first book,The Trouble with the Congo, explored how a dominant peacebuilding culture shaped the intervention strategy in a way that precluded action on local conflicts, ultimately dooming the international efforts to end the deadliest conflict since World War II.

For her new book, Autesserre conducted extensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo and comparative research in Burundi, Cyprus…

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December: Book Break



We have read 5 books so far and I think we’ve earned a break (and some time to catch up). We are taking December off and will resume in January with Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty. Perfect end to the consumerism season, no?

Instead of discussion questions this month, read through our career profiles. Email if you are interested in an interview. See you soon!

Humans of New York


Book break!

Humans of New York is a blog started by photojournalist Brandon Stanton who stops strangers in New York City to take portraits and ask questions. These snapshots often lead to short but intimate narratives about people’s lives.

While we can all relate to loss or friendship, HONY is now confirming that these experiences are universal by traveling to 10 countries with the United Nations to share stories from across the globe. While the similarities among us should be no surprise, the project is making huge waves on social media. It may help that photo captions are a lot shorter than consuming a book on social and cultural anthropology.

“On the closing day of school, they chose him to be a presenter at the awards ceremony. He got up on stage and sang ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings.’”  “Did you cry?”       “Of course I did.”                                     Photo Credit: Brandon Stanton, ‘Humans of New York’

The project ends this month, but there are other photographers who regularly share global stories. Check out the short list below and be sure to visit Humans of New York.

Everyday Africa Conglomerate of pictures by photojournalists across Africa.

Everyday Middle East Photos from across the Middle East.

Marcus Bleasdale Human rights & conflict (slide over the info button on each picture).

Ed Kashi Photos of Syrian refugees, Northern Nigeria, and more.

Nana Kofi Acquah A Ghanaian photographer with a focus on Africa.

Raghu Rai Extensive coverage of India.

David Guttenfelder Shots from North Korea, Afghanistan, and Gaza. His instagram account includes captions.

Know of others? Share below!

Have A Book Suggestion?

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What should we read? Submit your suggestions below. You can also email or tweet us at @devnovice.

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Book Discussion Format

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The purpose of discussion is to point out what each book has to offer the field of development or what we don’t find effective. Try to explain why you agree or disagree with something rather than using “I agree,” “+1,” or the dreaded (imo) “This.”

I cannot integrate a forum so we will use the comment section to facilitate discussion. Questions will be posted and your answers, additional questions, and comments can be added at the bottom of each post.

As always, be kind.

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Let’s Read!

Useful Skills for Development

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Grant Space Proposal Writing Webinar

I watched this free webinar as part of a proposal writing class and it taught me more than my professor did. Also read Storytelling for Grantseekers by Cheryl Clarke.

The Development and Aid World News Service Digest

DAWNS Digest provides a brief news synopsis delivered daily to your inbox. Great way to stay current on development news.

How to Format a Press Release via PR Web

Useful when prepping for your next 3 fundraisers – all at once.

Reporting Poverty 

“How can poverty be reported fairly and authoritatively?”

Five Types of Nonprofit Tweets Guaranteed to Get Retweeted

Try tweeting about breaking news, statistics etc.

UN-Recognized Events, Days, Observances

Always good to know!

The Development Element

This free resource “shares the insights of the next generation of international development communicators and 11 approaches for doing #IntlDevComms  differently!”  -How Matters