1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Publications


UNRISD pursues an active and varied publications programme, which includes in-house and commercially published books, special reports, programme and occasional papers, as well as newsletters on specific events and the Institute’s work in general.

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Achieving SDG 10: A Global Review of Public Service Inclusion Strategies for Ethnic and Religious Minorities

February 2020

Achieving SDG 10: A Global Review of Public Service Inclusion Strategies for Ethnic and Religious Minorities

Author: Ghazala Mir, Saffron Karlsen, Winnie Mitullah, Upendra Bhojani, Benjamin Uzochukwu, Chinyere Okeke, Tolib Mirzoev, Bassey Ebenso, Naila Dracup and Gary Dymski, Doan Thi Thuy Duong, Bui Thi Thu Ha, Steve Ouma, Felicia Onibon, Joyce Ogwezi, Shahab Adris

Social inequalities are intensifying globally and widening divisions are linked to civil unrest. Disadvantaged ethnic and religious groups experience poor access to, representation in and outcomes from public services such as healthcare and education. As mechanisms for social participation and citizenship, public services are key to inclusive and sustainable societies.

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Creative Coalitions in a Fractured World: An Opportunity for Transformative Change?

February 2020

Creative Coalitions in a Fractured World: An Opportunity for Transformative Change?

Author: Gabriele Köhler

Citizens, activists and analysts around the world are alarmed by ever-increasing political, social, economic and climate inequalities and intensifying obstacles vis-à-vis the promises of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In many places, policy retrogression is undermining transformation towards economic, social and climate justice. But there are also counter-currents of resistance, and activist communities are coalescing in the form of “creative” coalitions for a range of civil, political and environmental rights.

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Community Currency Programmes as a Tool for Sustainable Development: The Cases of Mombasa and Nairobi Counties, Kenya

December 2019

Community Currency Programmes as a Tool for Sustainable Development: The Cases of Mombasa and Nairobi Counties, Kenya

Author: Daan Sillen, Pui-Hang Wong, Serdar Türkeli

In a century epitomized by rapid urbanization, the population living in informal settlements continues to grow. Grassroots Economics Foundation (GEF) has developed community currency (CC) programmes to boost employment in informal settlements with community currencies. These CC programmes are targeted towards the specific issues in informal settlements, such as lack of basic services, high (youth) unemployment and economic instability. By its design the CC model of GEF promises to be a tool for the sustainable development of informal settlements that goes beyond traditional development programmes (such as cash transfers) and their focus on productive outcomes. This article therefore investigates if CCs have an impact on lifestyle outcomes. To this end it focusses on the CCs implemented by GEF in Kenyan informal settlements. By using inverse probability of treatment weighting (IPTW) using the propensity score, this article showed a positive and significant impact of CCs on the following two lifestyle outcomes: helping the environment and gifting in professional services and goods. This article contributes to the academic literature by answering to the need of quantitative evidence of the impact of CCs and by evidencing how these CCs can have a more holistic impact than conventional development paradigms.

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The Politics of Poverty Alleviation Strategies in India

December 2019

The Politics of Poverty Alleviation Strategies in India

Author: M. Vijayabaskar, Gayarthi Balagopal

Over much of the period between 2003 and 2018, India experienced one of the fastest growth rates in the world when the state had implemented a set of economic reforms that may be labelled as neo-liberal. Though contested in terms of magnitude and spatial spread, this was also a period that witnessed reductions in absolute poverty, as defined by official poverty lines. Contrary to conventional assumptions that globalisation under neoliberal growth regimes will undermine social welfare provisioning, there is growing evidence worldwide to suggest that the outcomes are more complex.

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Making Materiality Determinations: A Context-Based Approach

December 2019

Making Materiality Determinations: A Context-Based Approach

Author: Mark McElroy

One of the ways of classifying indicators of organizational sustainability is to differentiate between those that may be universal in scope and others that are more organization-specific. The issue of materiality necessarily comes into play here, because even in cases where indicators are believed to be universal, their presumed status as such is just another way of saying that they are material to all organizations.

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