International Projects and Funded Research

The Center’s faculty represent a diverse group of scholars working on a variety of issues associated with research is published as books, chapter sin edited volumes, journal articles and reports.

RITEWORK: Protecting Workers Rights in the Kivus

The Center is part of a project called RITWORK which is designed to strengthen respect for worker rights in extractive industries in South Kivu and North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The project has three primary objectives: first, it seeks to build organizational and service capacity for three local human rights groups; second, it provides socio-economic support and alternative livelihoods for workers; and third, it creates and implements a system for improved documentation and analysis of labor and human rights violations in the region. The Center is creating a focused, context-sensitive qualitative and quantitative data collection system regarding the experiences of workers in the mines in the eastern DRC. Results from the research will be presented to key stakeholders and used to improve the effectiveness of advocacy efforts designed to defend and protect fundamental rights. The RITEWORK initiative will reach over 8,000 vulnerable workers in the DR and the Center’s documentation efforts will focus on a portion of those served, linking general data collection with in-depth narratives and life stories that will provide greater understanding of the ways in which individuals are drawn into the mining industry and the impact of these experiences on their lives and on the security and human rights situation in the DRC. The project is funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and the Center’s work is through a subcontract with the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights.


Documenting, Analyzing and Understanding Crises

This project links a theoretical review of the challenges involved in collecting meaningful data to understand international crises coupled with the development of analytic strategies that support practical policy responses to crises. While there are many governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental agencies that engage with crises – from systematic and severe violations of human rights to man-made disasters to natural disasters and large scale displacement – there is inadequate agreement and coherence as to how these issues should be documented to enable focused action. This project seeks to clarify what constitutes meaningful social data to be collected for documenting the human experience of crises as well as the related question of what sort of methodologies are best for enabling productive data collection in difficult contexts. The project links a series of research and policy workshops, a review of key issues through white papers and/or academic publications and support for project proposals addressing these issues within concrete international contexts. This grant provided key support for the development of the Center’s project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as several evolving research initiatives, including scholarly presentations at the Center for Forced Migration, Northwestern University and the Annual Health Law Professors Conference. The project is funded by ASU’s Institute for Social Science Research.