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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Developmental Pathways to Poverty Reduction

July 2015

Developmental Pathways to Poverty Reduction

Author: Yusuf Bangura

In 2000, governments made a commitment through the MDGs to reduce poverty and hunger by half by 2015. However, despite the reorientation of much of aid policy towards the fight against poverty, there are concerns that many countries will be unable to make meaningful dents in their levels of poverty. At the centre of these concerns is whether countries are following the right development path. This book is about pathways to poverty reduction that emphasize employment-centred structural change, social policies that both protect citizens and contribute to economic development, and types of politics that support growth and redistribution. It draws on the experiences of countries that transformed their economies and reduced poverty in very short periods.

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The PDRM Project in the Context of the 2015 Finance for Development Debate

May 2015

The PDRM Project in the Context of the 2015 Finance for Development Debate

Author: Nathalie Both

This literature review serves as a background paper to the UNRISD project Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development (PDRM). It defines key points made by actors participating in Finance for Development debates, including the World Bank, the United Nations, and developing countries themselves. It aims to better understand how their positions on the post-2015 Financing for Development debate, and in particular, on domestic resource mobilization, relate to the aims and findings of the UNRISD PDRM project.

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Oil Rents, Policy and Social Development

May 2015

Oil Rents, Policy and Social Development

Author: Franklin Obeng-Odoom

This paper arugues that the way Ghana uses its oil rents--primarily on road construction and maintenance, loan financing, agricultural modernization and capacity building--may not necessarily be the most effective for socioeconomic development. It shows that channelling oil rents into an alternative holistic social energy programme will drive sustainable social change through energy security and sovereignty, the creation of green jobs, and the reduction of dramatic levels of actual and perceived income, wealth and gendered inequalities in the country in a way that will make this social change both desirable and feasible.

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UNRISD Classics, Volume II: Gendered Dimensions of Development

April 2015

UNRISD Classics, Volume II: Gendered Dimensions of Development

Author: Shahra Razavi, Silke Staab

This is the second volume in the UNRISD Classics series, which were produced for our 50th anniversary and bring together half a century of the Institute's research on social policy, gender and sustainable development.

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UNRISD Classics, Volume III: Revisiting Sustainable Development

April 2015

UNRISD Classics, Volume III: Revisiting Sustainable Development

Author: Peter Utting

This is the third volume in the UNRISD Classics series, which were produced for our 50th anniversary and bring together half a century of the Institute's research on social policy, gender and sustainable development.

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