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The Missing Link in Global Development

Our FXBVillage model has always been strongly rooted in the belief that the link between health and human rights is essential to eradicating extreme poverty. That’s why at FXB we were so excited whenThe Milano School of International Affairs at The New School held a book launch focusing on human rights in development on January 25th, 2016.

At the event, Alicia Ely Yamin and New School’s professor of International Affairs Fukuda-Parr, talked about Yamin’s newly published book, Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter. As a lecturer on global health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Policy Director at the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University, Alicia Ely Yamin is a globally-known scholar who focuses on economic and social rights as well as human rights-based approaches to health.

The book discusses the human rights-based approaches (HRBAs) to health and development as well as the significance of applying a human rights framework to health. To take it out of the purely conceptual, the book also combines theory with personal examples of how HRBA works in practice and shows the impact HRBA has had on people’s lives and health outcomes.

Yamin's talk

In her talk, Yamin pointed out that global inequality is a result of human policies and practices. By adopting a human right framework, governments can be held accountable, which makes social transformation possible. Yamin also shared her motivations for writing the book, discussing that she wanted to start a movement that turned analysis into action.

We’re so happy to have passionate and forward-thinking people like Yamin working at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. The creation of the FXB Center at Harvard was a result of a visionary partnership between Albina du Boisrouvray and Dr. Jonathan Mann and their shared belief that we cannot have sustainable impact unless the factors that prevent people from attaining their basic rights are addressed. We have been working ever since to ensure that every single one of our participants has their essential needs met. In 1993, the FXB Foundation donated $20 million, one of the largest donations ever made to the Harvard School of Public Health, to establish the Center. As an innovative facility for research, the FXB Center maintains strong ties with FXB International and FXB USA through the FXB Field Education Internship Program.

Missing Link Panel

Our FXB Field Education Internship Program was established in 2014. The program harnesses the FXB Center’s academic expertise and FXB International’s fieldwork methods to implement a rights-based poverty alleviation program that provides vulnerable families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient. Yamin has advised interns on research topics.

To learn more about how FXB takes holistic approach to poverty alleviation, download the FXBVillage Toolkit and Planning Guide and leave us a comment below or tweet at us at @FXBusa with your thoughts!  

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