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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From Science to Practice: Strengthening Research Uptake to Achieve the SDGs

March 2020

From Science to Practice: Strengthening Research Uptake to Achieve the SDGs

Author: Maggie Carter

In the face of compounding global challenges and the pressing and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the need for evidence-based policy making informed by rigorous scientific research has never been greater. It is in this context that a consortium of research institutes, think tanks, governmental bodies and international organizations committed to strengthening International Geneva convened a two-day conference to explore the possibilities for improving research uptake in policy and decision making in the UN system. Drawing on Geneva’s rich landscape of research and policy institutions, the conference brought together key actors in a collaborative format to discuss the barriers to research uptake and identify possible pathways to a transformed science-policy interface.

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“A Public and a Private University in One”: Equity in University Attendance in Kenya since the Liberalization Reforms of the 1990s

March 2020

“A Public and a Private University in One”: Equity in University Attendance in Kenya since the Liberalization Reforms of the 1990s

Author: Rebecca Simson, J. Andrew Harris

Until the 1990s Kenya had a selective state-financed university system where students bore few educational costs. This limited the number of university students that the government could afford to educate and created fierce competition for university places. In the late 1990s the Kenyan government responded to this supply crisis by liberalizing the tertiary sector, and public universities began to establish parallel, fee-paying programmes, for which applicants had to meet only minimum entry requirements, alongside the selective state-sponsored programmes. Critics have worried that these privately funded university tracks have enabled lower performing students from richer families, who could pay full fees, to enter Kenya’s most competitive public universities. Others have posited the opposite, that restrictive, even if ostensibly free, higher education is more easily captured by children of the existing elite. This paper brings new empirical evidence to these debates by analysing inequalities in university access in Kenya since the 1990s, drawing on census data and a new dataset of all University of Nairobi students.

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Le processus d’appauvrissement des classes moyennes en Haïti et ses conséquences économiques et sociales

March 2020

Le processus d’appauvrissement des classes moyennes en Haïti et ses conséquences économiques et sociales

Author: Alrich Nicolas

Le mouvement social en Haïti pâtit depuis plusieurs décennies de l’absence d’un acteur majeur, les classes moyennes, dont l’appauvrissement et le déclin sont en train de donner naissance à d’importantes mutations sociales, économiques et politiques dans ce pays. L’action combinée des politiques néolibérales appliquées en Haïti et la récurrence des catastrophes naturelles ont conduit à la décapitalisation et à l’appauvrissement des classes moyennes. Le déclin des classes moyennes a facilité l’accès des élites économiques au contrôle des institutions étatiques. Ceci a contribué à délégitimer l’Etat aux yeux des populations, à réduire considérablement l’influence des classes moyennes dans la définition de politiques publiques et à faire reculer le mouvement social.

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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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