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SERF Index

The SERF Index is being featured by the Council on Foreign Relations. 


UConn Professor Susan Randolph's work on measuring countries fulfillment of their economic and social rights obligations under the International Covenant for Economic Social and Cultural Rights is being featured in a two part series put out by the Council on Foreign Relations' development channel.  Here is an excerpt: 


"Instead of simply measuring the performance of countries in a number of socioeconomic indicators, the SERF Index rigorously assesses states' fulfillment of economic and social rights obligations by measuring the gap between actual and feasible economic and social rights enjoyment. Specifically, this tool allows quantitative measurement and analysis regarding fulfillment of the right to food, the right to adequate shelter, the right to healthcare, the right to education, the right to decent work, and protection against discrimination. The SERF Index allows apples-to-apples comparisons across countries by estimating states' economic and social rights obligations using an evidence-based "Achievement Possibilities Frontier."  


This is the first in a two part series: Click HERE for the full article on part one of the series.