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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Global Trends: Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

March 2017

Global Trends: Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Esuna Dugarova, Nergis Gülasan

This joint UNDP-UNRISD report reviews recent trends in six areas that are fundamentally important to achieving the 2030 Agenda. These six 'mega-trends' relate to (i) poverty and inequalities, (ii) demography, (iii) environmental degradation and climate change, (iv) shocks and crises, (v) development cooperation and financing for development, and (vi) technological innovation. Some of the trends are positive, including on the reduction of absolute poverty and several technological innovations. Yet negative trends in several of the others pose a significant risk to the realization of the SDGs. The report explores this in more detail and discusses policy implications for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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El Rol de las Cooperativas y la Acción Colectiva en el Desarrollo y la Reconciliación en Nicaragua

March 2017

El Rol de las Cooperativas y la Acción Colectiva en el Desarrollo y la Reconciliación en Nicaragua

Author: Peter Utting, Amalia Chamorro, Christopher Bacon

En la actualidad, el mundo se ve afectado por la proliferación de guerras civiles en varias regiones. En algunos países como Colombia han firmado acuerdos de paz después de décadas de conflicto. En este contexto es pertinente investigar las formas como estos países reconstruyen sus economías y tejidos sociales luego de los conflictos. ¿Qué podemos aprender de las experiencias de los países a los que esto les ha ocurrido?

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Universalizing Elementary Education in India: Achievements and Challenges

February 2017

Universalizing Elementary Education in India: Achievements and Challenges

Author: John Harriss

Despite the promise in the Constitution of India (1950) to establish universal elementary education within a decade, for many years this goal received neither the attention of politicians nor the resources for its achievement. This began to change in the early 1990s with several innovative programmes—notably the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, introduced in 2001—and then with the passage of the Right to Education Act in 2009.

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State-Society and Donor Relations: The Political Economy of Domestic Resource Mobilization in Nicaragua

February 2017

State-Society and Donor Relations: The Political Economy of Domestic Resource Mobilization in Nicaragua

Author: Gloria Carrión Fonseca

Nicaragua’s current resource mobilization strategy rests on taxes, fiscal revenues from mining, foreign direct investment (FDI) and international aid. Depending on the historical periods, legal reforms, and policy changes, the relevance of state financing sources has varied, except for international aid.

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