Empower impoverished communities of the global south in managing and directing their own local development.
Bridge the divide between academic research in sustainable development and action in the filed.
Build a culture of Peace by promoting cross-cultural collaboration and encouraging appreciation for cultural diversity.
Advance solutions to crucial global issues in African development and create awareness by supporting African Solidarity across the globe
Earth Rights Institute is a social network
Incorporated in 2001 and recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the American Internal Revenue Service, Earth Rights Institute (ERI) takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world’s poorest communities. Earth Rights Institute advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities of the global south to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally. ERI is a United Nations NGO affiliate for ECOSOC, UN Habitat, UNCSD, and UN Finance and Development.
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The mission of the SMILE Project (Supporting Multitudes in Life & Education) is to provide FREE education, food, and healthcare to underprivileged students lacking funds and/or resources for quality education and nourishment. The project is committed to sharing heartfelt knowledge so that educational gains not only activate the mind, they are also felt and understood in the depths of the heart and shared from there with one’s whole being, and indeed with the entire universe.
Servicing Wild Flowers International [SWF] is having their HOLIDAY ONLINE FUNDRAISER
They are working to end female genital mutilation-FGM inSierra Leone
Check it out 12/12/12
NEWS AND REVIEWS FROM AFRICA: Editor Gordon Abiama
It is our great pleasure to announce the third editon of our monthly electronic newsletter Earth Rights Review Third Edition - June 2012.
Our aim of these monthly publications is to consolidate and to build a strong advocacy network on land issues, especially in Africa, that strikes at the root of human existence.
Earth Rights Review is a project of Africa Centre for Geoclassical Economics, Nigeria. The e-newsletter will always endeavor to throw light on many of today's baffling questions about distribution of wealth, land rights and much more.
To learn more go to our Land Rights Program webpage for updates and to engage in discussions on this very important issue.
Play your part in the Global Economic Transformation!
Join the conversation about the new economics, the wealth divide, earth rights, environmental justice and barefoot economics.
The five 90-minute teleseminars will be held the first Sunday of every month beginning August 5:
August 5 Economics and Conscious Evolution
September 2 Addressing the Wealth Divide
October 7 Common and Individual Economic Rights
November 4 Economics of War and Peace
December 2 Moving Into a New Local-to-Global Economic Ethic
Time: 1:00pm US West Coast / 4:00pm US East Coast/
9:00 pm London and Lagos
To find the time in other time zones go to: the World Clock.
This teleseminar series is FREE but PARTICIPANT LIMIT is 200, so REGISTER NOW!
Alanna Hartzok is Co-Director of Earth Rights Institute and author of The Earth Belongs to Everyone, recipient of the 2008 Radical Middle Book Award. A United Nations NGO representative and former board member of United for a Fair Economy, Alanna serves on the Advisory Counsel of the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela and is a senior associate of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. Her work for new economics grew out of her search for understanding root causes of poverty and war.
Wendell Fitzgerald holds a law degree and for several years worked inside a major corporation. His experiences and observations led to his involvement with new paradigm economics. He currently serves as President of the Henry George School of Social Science of Northern California. Of primary interest to him is how economics can be returned to its rightful place as guide to securing basic needs for all, including the need for fulfillment of what Abraham Maslow called "the further reaches of human nature."
REGISTER HERE for Sustainable Economics for the 21st Century
Preparation for each session includes readings, videos, weblinks and online course modules. You will receive details for each of the five sessions upon registration.
If you have asked even one of the following questions of yourself or others, this series is for you!
As caretakers of earth, how do we evolve away from just surviving
to environmental and social justice, to actively sustaining the web of life?
How do we move from competition to true co-operation?
Is there a middle path between the extremes of capitalism and communism?
Is there a path that encompasses the needs of All?
How can earth's wealth be fairly and more equitably shared?
How can I make a difference in the world?
How can I heal economic ruptures of poverty and insecure employment?
What are green taxes and resource rent?
What is the significance of "earned" vs "unearned" income?
These questions and more will be fully addressed in the Sustainable Economics for the 21st Century Teleseminar Series!
To access additional articles on Enlightened Economics, go here.
The quality of our consciousness and thinking profoundly impacts economics. Consciousness in its fulfilled, developed state will bring the 'dismal science' of economics to an evolved and higher level - to the status of Enlightened Economics.
- Ron Robins
Sustainable Economics for the 21st Century is sponsored by the
THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO THE POLITICAL UNREST AND BOMBINGS GOING ON IN NIGERIA.
photo: Kaiama Health Care Providers
A Pilot Model for Kaiama and Baruteen District
ERI have been working as an NGO in Nigeria since 2004. Our director, Annie Goeke, has been recruited to further expand our work in the country to develop an Eco-Wellness and Health Program - Moringa Tree in the state of Kwara, southwestern region of Nigeria.
After visiting in August for a fact finding trip, ERI is ready to start the implementation process. Beginning this Fall 2011, ERI is recruiting teams of volunteers, student interns, medical workers, physicians, and others with expert knowledge in the areas of public health, sanitation, women’s education, youth, and community development to send to the state of Kwara. These volunteers and experts will participate in this campaign.
This program will initiate various programs addressing health, wellness, sanitation, and pollution, as well as empower young adults in becoming health and wellness advocates in their communities and provide ideas in economic capacity building projects addressing health and wellness. The major diseases are malaria, typhoid, TB, HIV/AIDs, and arthritis.
Partnerships are being formed with Nigerian academics,NGOs, relevant government agencies and local leaders. Together, this community-based program will engage the local communities to bring about a brighter and healthier future.
Feasibility Study and International Forum, Senegal
For the past few months, ERI interns, Kayla Casavant and Hristo Maroko have been busy moving forward our BFT program.
Here is some of the latest information reported by HRISTO MAROKOV
ERI INTERN FROM UCLA - PROGRAM DIRECTOR SENEGAL FOR SUMMER
With extensive assistance from the Senegalese Government – Agence
National des Eco-villages we developed this fair trade model. The
model includes four major operational cells: the producers of raw
materials, the cooperative (established around “green” storage
facility), the transformation groups, and the micro-finance
organization. They are to interact within the warehouse receipt system context. This is vastly popular agriculture warranty system used worldwide, which allows agriculture producers to eliminate to some extent the seasonal fluctuations of the crop prices. Mainly, it makes small producers to act as large producers allowing them to wait for better price on their production.
The pilot cooperative is to be formed from interested parties
(producers and ANEV) around the new storage facility site at
Diamnadio. The Micro-credit Organization (MO) represents the link between the producer and the cooperative. The cooperative does not pay in cash the producer but issues a bond. Later, this bond is cashed by the producer at the Micro-credit organization. They are also the link between the women working on transforming the raw products. As to the transformation process, it will be funded by the MO and guaranteed with raw and processed production.
For rendering this entire model related products marketable, they are
to be “Eco-village” labeled.
Why we can name it “Beyond Fair Trade”?
The “green” storage facilities, the inclusion of marginalized social
groups in the transformation groups along with the “green” packaging
of the processed products and the non-profit financial organization
participation is giving to the model the environmental and social
The first step toward implementing this model would be extensive
research on the raw and transformed products with respect to each
village, as well as on on producers’ economic capabilities. We have
been working on questionnaires which will be soon available.
EARTH RIGHTS Advocacy and Policies 2010
Land Rights and other economic initiatives
Co-Director, Alanna Hartzok- Annual Report
A primary mission of Earth Rights Institute is to promote policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources. Our Land Rights and Land Value Capture online course now has nearly 500 people enrolled from 76 countries. Modules include land rights and poverty, land prices and the law of rent, and the economics of war and peace. The course describes how the policy of land value capture or taxation is a key to new economics policy that addresses a number of issues including affordable housing for all, funding infrastructure, promoting land reform, and improving the environment, especially when combined with green taxes. Course graduates receive a certificate and are eligible to develop policy research and implementation projects in partnership with ERI.
Our pilot implementation project was launched in Pretoria, South Africa, and was coordinated by Tunde Dairo. Eighty people enrolled for the online course and participants conducted research, as well, a public forum was held. The project was funded through a grant from the International Union for Land Value Taxation (IU), and helped us build a clear direction for future projects.
In November we launched a project in Caracas, Venezuela, led by Dr. Quisia Gonzalez, a land and human rights professor at the Henry George School of Social Science. Our Caracas parnters, The Prout Research Institute was Quisia's host organization for the time she was there. Our funding partner organizations for this project are the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and the IU. Before leaving for Caracas, Gonzalez and Alanna Hartzokwere interviewed on the Harold Channer Show, which now can be viewed YouTube
Click the link for more information or to enroll in the ERI LAND RIGHTS COURSE