1. Introduction

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GI-ESCR seeks to advance the realisation of ESC rights throughout the world, tackling the endemic problem of global poverty and social injustice through a human rights lens. GI-ESCR began in 2010 and is a registered non-profit organisation (501(c)3) in the United States, and currently has offices in Geneva, Switzerland; Nairobi, Kenya; and Duluth (MN), USA.  It also maintains Consultative Status with the United Nations and Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).  It is governed by an international Board of Directors, whose 6 members play a fiduciary role (stewardship of tangible assets), a strategic role (strategic partnership with management), and a generative role (source of leadership for organisation).  In the time since its inception, GI-ESCR has provided vital technical support and achieved groundbreaking outcomes that are respected within and beyond the human rights community.  As a result, it has become increasingly recognised as a leader in the area of ESC rights advocacy and litigation.

This report highlights the Global Initiative’s key activities in 2017 and resulting achievements across these strategic areas and discusses the relevance of the gains made, as well as opportunities for building upon these successes.