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.

This section provides a catalogue of our publications, and free online access to many of them. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed when new publications are posted on this Web site.

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Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

October 2016

Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report helps unpack the complexities of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in a unique way: by focusing on the innovations and pathways to policy change, and analysing which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and ecological justice. Drawing on numerous policy innovations from the South, the report goes beyond buzzwords and brings to the development community a definition of transformation which can be used as a benchmark for policy making toward the 2030 Agenda, intended to “leave no one behind”. Bringing together five years of UNRISD research across six areas—social policy, care policy, social and solidarity economy, eco-social policy, domestic resource mobilization, and politics and governance—the report explores what transformative change really means for societies and individuals.

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Rights-Based Social Protection: From Rhetoric to Reality? New Directions in Social Policy in India

May 2017

Rights-Based Social Protection: From Rhetoric to Reality? New Directions in Social Policy in India

India stands out among countries with comparable levels of economic development for its rights-based social policies. But rights on paper do not always translate into rights in reality. This case study investigates the genesis of India’s rights-based social policy legislation, its ramifications in the areas of primary education, public health care and income security, and the factors that have contributed to the success or difficulties of implementation.

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Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

May 2017

Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

Author: Ilcheong Yi

This book explores how political, social, economic and institutional factors in eight emerging economies have combined to generate diverse outcomes in their move towards universal health care. Structured in three parts, the book begins by framing social policy as an integral system in its own right. The following two parts go on to discuss the opportunities and challenges of achieving universal health care in Thailand, Brazil and China, and survey the obstacles facing India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Venezuela in the reform of their health care systems.

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The Rise of Homegrown Ideas and Grassroots Voices: New Directions in Social Policy in Rwanda

May 2017

The Rise of Homegrown Ideas and Grassroots Voices: New Directions in Social Policy in Rwanda

Author: Chika Ezeanya

This paper examines the place of homegrown, indigenous knowledge and grassroots based ideas in the processes of developing social policies in Rwanda. Specifically, the paper explores what political, social and economic institutions there are that influence the strengthening of grassroots and/or local knowledge, processes and structures in social policy action in Rwanda.

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Innovaciones políticas para el cambio transformador: Implementación de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible

March 2017

Innovaciones políticas para el cambio transformador: Implementación de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible

El Informe 2016 de UNRISD ayuda a entender las complejidades de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible de una manera única: centrándose en innovaciones y vías posibles para el cambio de políticas, y analizando cuáles políticas y prácticas llevarán a la justicia social, económica y ecológica. Basándose en numerosas innovaciones políticas del Sur, el Informe va más allá de las palabras de moda y aporta a la comunidad de desarrollo una definición de “transformación” que puede utilizarse como punto de referencia para la formulación de políticas que apunten a la realización de la Agenda 2030, o en pocas palabras, a “no dejar a nadie atrás”. Reuniendo cinco años de investigación en seis áreas —política social, política de cuidado, economía social y solidaria, política eco-social, movilización de recursos internos, y política y gobernanza— el Informe de UNRISD explora lo que el cambio transformador significa realmente para el planeta, sus sociedades y sus habitantes.

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