1963-2013 - 50 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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Migration and Health: Examining the Linkages through a Gender Lens

February 2015

Migration and Health: Examining the Linkages through a Gender Lens

Author: Jasmine Gideon

Analysing migration through a gender lens involves understanding the social relations and norms that influence women’s and men’s roles and responsibilities, and their differential access to resources and services. Gendered norms around men and women’s roles and responsibilities have also shaped migration processes and debates. This paper discusses the tensions between the feminization of migration and the domestic roles women typically assume, including unpaid care work, and examines issues related to health of migrants through a gender lens.

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Constraints on Universal Health Care in the Russian Federation: Inequality, Informality and the Failures of Mandatory Health Insurance Reforms

February 2015

Constraints on Universal Health Care in the Russian Federation: Inequality, Informality and the Failures of Mandatory Health Insurance Reforms

Author: Linda Cook

Healthcare in Russia has gone through many transformative stages, from a Soviet-era model of public provision to an emphasis on privatization under economic liberalization during the 1990, and a mix of both public and private healthcare provision now operates across Russia. Throughout all these periods, universalism has been enshrined as a guarantee. The extent to which this right has been upheld varies greatly. Underfinancing presents a persistent obstacle to universal access, and substantial inequalities in healthcare access and quality exist across different regions and income groups, with some vulnerable and marginalized groups left almost entirely excluded. Dspite efforts to improve quality and provision of healthcare, Russia has a poor record in many health indicators, and its national system is struggling to become more efficient and effective.

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Democratic Transition and Women’s Rights: Understanding Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in Indonesia

February 2015

Democratic Transition and Women’s Rights: Understanding Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in Indonesia

In 1998, after three decades of authoritarian rule, women’s organizations re-emerged across Indonesia in the participatory spaces opened up by the democratic transition and the decentralization process. This Brief outlines how women’s rights advocates have taken advantage of this renewed participation to influence policy change on the issues of violence against women and domestic work. Progress has been made thanks to the ability to forge broad-based alliances beyond women’s organizations. However, alliance and consensus can also collapse along the fault lines of custom and religion.

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Methods of Measuring the Impacts of Social Policy in Political, Economic and Social Dimensions

February 2015

Methods of Measuring the Impacts of Social Policy in Political, Economic and Social Dimensions

Author: Michael Samson, Sasha van Katwyk, Maarten Fröling, Rumbidzai Ndoro, with Cara Meintjes, Lien Buts and Bryant Renaud

This paper reviews current impact assessment methods to identify elements of a comprehensive framework that enables a systems approach to the analysis of social policy. Discussing how mainstream evaluation methods have assessed the outcomes of social security systems, the paper argues that inclusion of the processes, institutions and actors of social policy interventions that importantly affect programme objectives—along with the actually realized outcomes—should be integrated into a comprehensive approach to better inform social policies.

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Diversity in Moving Towards Integrated, Coordinated and Equitable Social Protection Systems: Experiences of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan, Province of China

February 2015

Diversity in Moving Towards Integrated, Coordinated and Equitable Social Protection Systems: Experiences of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan, Province of China

Author: Ilcheong Yi

This paper aims to draw lessons that may help address issues of fragmentation in welfare systems in China and other countries. To do so it reviews how Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Taiwan, Province of China, established their welfare systems. In particular, it examines how they dealt with fragmentation in government provision of welfare benefits and social services in the areas of primary health care and medical insurance, compulsory education, social assistance and basic pension programmes. The paper was commissioned by UNDP's China country office for its joint project "Establishing an Integrated, Equitable and Inclusive Social Welfare System in China" with the Development Research Center of China’s State Council.

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