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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Colonial Legacies and Social Welfare Regimes in Africa: An Empirical Exercise

May 2016

Colonial Legacies and Social Welfare Regimes in Africa: An Empirical Exercise

Author: Thandika Mkandawire

This paper identifies three types of welfare regimes in Africa, based on the insight that tax and expenditure regimes are closely associated. Using cluster analysis, the author highlights historical legacies in current welfare policies, demonstrating that welfare regimes in Africa have been strongly determined by the ways in which different countries were incorporated into the colonial economy. The author finds that many of the new social welfare reforms are taking place in what he refers to as labour reserve economies, and are generally internally rather than aid-driven. He stresses the importance of thinking of social expenditure in relationship to domestic resource mobilization, and finds that the focus on aid and social expenditure has tended to obscure this important aspect of welfare regimes in Africa.

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At the Crossroads of Class and Gender: Realizing Domestic Workers' Labour Rights

April 2016

At the Crossroads of Class and Gender: Realizing Domestic Workers' Labour Rights

Women domestic workers suffer a double injustice: they are discriminated against as women and their rights as workers are not recognized. With the SDGs, UN member states have committed to tackling both issues (Goal 5 on gender equality and Goal 8 on decent work). UNRISD research on previous efforts to bring about policy change and legal reform in this complex area has identified some of the drivers of successful mobilization, as well as a range of constraints. This Brief presents recommendations based on the research that can help policy makers, women’s and labour rights advocates and funders to effectively support domestic workers’ labour rights.

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Confronting Violence Against Women: The Power of Women's Movements

April 2016

Confronting Violence Against Women: The Power of Women's Movements

With the SDGs, UN member states have reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating violence against women and are seeking ways to achieve this. UNRISD research has examined cases of successful advocacy for policy change in this area and has identified key drivers and conditions, in particular the active engagement of women’s movements. The recommendations below can help policy makers, women’s human rights advocates and funders to fully recognize the dimensions of the problem of violence against women and strategize effectively to address it.

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Locating the Processes of Policy Change in the Context of Anti-Rape and Domestic Worker Mobilisations in India

April 2016

Locating the Processes of Policy Change in the Context of Anti-Rape and Domestic Worker Mobilisations in India

Author: Shraddha Chigateri, Mubashira Zaidi, Anweshaa Ghosh

This research seeks to address the question of when and why the state in India responds to women’s claims making by foregrounding the mobilizations of women’s groups on two issues: anti-rape laws and domestic work. In particular, it analyses the relationship between women’s claims making and laws and policies, especially focusing on the issues around which mobilizations take place, the processes and strategies of claims making by women’s groups, and the processes through which the changes in laws and policies occur. The research addresses these concerns at both a national level, as well as two subnational levels, Gujarat and Karnataka. It also compares the differences and similarities in mobilizations, structural configurations, actors and coalitions between the two issue areas, and across the levels.

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Protesta Social y Movilización de Recursos para el Desarrollo Social en Bolivia

April 2016

Protesta Social y Movilización de Recursos para el Desarrollo Social en Bolivia

Author: Santiago Daroca Oller

Este documento analiza la movilización de recursos domésticos en Bolivia y su contribución hacia el desarrollo social en Bolivia. Estudiamos el proceso de movilización de recursos domésticos a partir del llamado impuestazo y la guerra del gas en el 2003, y cómo cambió la relación entre el Estado y la ciudadanía con el nuevo gobierno de Evo Morales y su reorientación hacia recursos domésticos originando del sector de los hidrocarburos.

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