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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Overcoming Inequalities in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

July 2019

Overcoming Inequalities in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Inequalities are one of today’s greatest challenges, obstructing poverty reduction and sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to overcome inequalities, containing two standalone goals—SDGs 5 and 10—and, moreover, an overarching commitment to leaving no one behind. In considering how to reduce inequalities, the time has come to adjust our focus to include not just the bottom of the pyramid, but also the top: elite power and all its ramifications, as well as the sources of these power imbalances, the fractures they have wrought, and the drivers of policy change to level out social stratification and devolve power and resources from elites to non-elites.

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Transforming Coastal City Adaptation: From Idea to Practice

June 2019

Transforming Coastal City Adaptation: From Idea to Practice

Author: Dunja Krause

People living in coastal cities around the world face great risks from the impacts of climate change. In the developing world, these often combine with the challenges of urban development and overcoming poverty and sharp inequalities, generating a particularly difficult set of tasks for local policy makers. Adaptation measures often focus on large infrastructural measures such as coastal defenses, at the expense of integrated and inclusive solutions that tackle not only people’s exposure to hazards, but also social vulnerabilities and their root causes. This Brief introduces three key considerations for transformative policy change that builds resilience in highly exposed coastal cities.

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The Political Economy of Domestic Resource Mobilization in Nicaragua: Changing State-Citizen Relations and Social Development

May 2019

The Political Economy of Domestic Resource Mobilization in Nicaragua: Changing State-Citizen Relations and Social Development

Author: Gloria Carrión Fonseca

Although Nicaragua remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America, it is possible to identify distinct political periods associated with different strategies and outcomes regarding both social spending and mobilization of fiscal revenues. According to the research on which the paper is based, increased and expanded social policy spending has occured when there has been effective bargaining and inclusive participation of civil society in social policy making and spending; the state has managed to prevent elite capture of resources; and civil society has successfully mobilized and negotiated with the state regarding the distribution of revenues from extractive industries.

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Transformative Change for Children and Youth in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

March 2019

Transformative Change for Children and Youth in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Author: Katja Hujo, Maggie Carter
Co-Publisher: UNICEF

The objective of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework to help assess the transformative potential of policies – particularly with regard to their impact on children and youth – and how these are meaningfully integrated and represented in decision-making processes. It will shed light on the policy space for transformative change by analysing a range of relevant factors which present both challenges and opportunities for fostering child rights and well-being through the implementation of Agenda 2030.

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L’Economie Sociale et Solidaire pour les Objectifs de développement durable: panorama de l'économie sociale à Séoul

May 2019

L’Economie Sociale et Solidaire pour les Objectifs de développement durable: panorama de l'économie sociale à Séoul

Ce rapport étudie l’économie sociale (ES) à Séoul, en République de Corée, et sa contribution à la mise en œuvre et, en définitive, à la réalisation « localisée » des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) de la ville. Caractérisée par un développement rapide de politiques proactives en faveur de l’ES, une croissance spectaculaire des organisations et des entreprises de l’ES, et le ferme engagement du gouvernement métropolitain de Séoul envers les ODD, l'expérience de la ville de Séoul offre une occasion précieuse d'enrichir la compréhension de l'économie sociale et solidaire comme moyen de mise en œuvre des ODD. Il s'agit de la première étude de cas d'une série de projets de recherche sur l'ESS et les objectifs de développement durable que l'UNRISD envisage d'entreprendre.

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