A proposal for resolving a conflict between setting universal goals and country specific benchmarks for post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Susan Randolph propose a methodology for setting nationally specific benchmarks taking account of levels of development using the Achievement Possibilities Frontier:
South Africa leads the world in the development of legal provisions for economic and social rights yet SERF scores show mediocre performance in fulfilling the right to food. To examine this paradox, a seminar on the Right to Food and the role of economic and social policy was held at the University of Cape Town on May 30-31, 2012. Speakers and participants included leading researchers, jurists, parliamentarians and members of the National Human Rights Commission and the National Development Commission. Select documents are available here:
The Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative was initiated by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer at the New School, and Susan Randolph at the University of Connecticut, is being undertaken collaboratively with the Social Science Research Council, and is supported in part by National Science Foundation Grant # 1061457.