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Building a Field of Economics and Human Rights: Lessons from South Africa


South Africa has had a successful history of human-rights-based activism, and an independent judiciary that has interpreted and developed human rights jurisprudence, guaranteeing access to services and reinforcing the government’s obligations to fulfill its duties. However, these obligations have not been sufficiently expressed in economic policy and the COVID-19 moment has laid bare deep problems with our current economic, social, and political systems. This report outlines the process we undertook to start tackling these challenges.