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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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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Towards a Green Public Bank in the Public Interest

February 2018

Towards a Green Public Bank in the Public Interest

Author: Thomas Marois

This paper discusses the rediscovery of public banks and their potential—to finance low-carbon, climate-resilient development, and as a public sector alternative that can overcome the shortcomings of the private sector and market approaches mentioned above. The paper suggests an ideal-type public bank that would be needed for a green transformation that is also in the public interest.

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Global Approaches to Social Policy: A Survey of Analytical Methods

January 2018

Global Approaches to Social Policy: A Survey of Analytical Methods

Author: Nicola Yeates

This paper aims to contribute to a scholarly dialogue aimed at fostering understanding of the nature of border-spanning (or transnational) practices and relations that structure and connect social policy across countries in different parts of the world. The premise of the paper is that diverse kinds of border-spanning social processes permeate social life and social policy formation in myriad ways. They are woven into the very texture of social life. They are institutionalized and enduring, and they are variable, multi-faceted and pluralistic.

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High-Value Minerals and Resource Bargaining in a Time of Crisis: A Case Study on the Diamond Fields of Marange, Zimbabwe

January 2018

High-Value Minerals and Resource Bargaining in a Time of Crisis: A Case Study on the Diamond Fields of Marange, Zimbabwe

Author: Richard Saunders

In 2006, the discovery of world-class deposits of alluvial diamonds in Marange District in eastern Zimbabwe offered important opportunities for the mobilization of significant revenues in a period of severe and worsening economic and social crisis. The new resources quickly became the subject of intense contestation involving the state and a variety of actors including mining communities, civil society, the diamond industry and donors. The paper traces the evolution of these contestations over the course of three successive phases of alluvial exploitation.

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Contestation and Resource Bargaining in Zimbabwe: The Minerals Sector

December 2017

Contestation and Resource Bargaining in Zimbabwe: The Minerals Sector

Author: Richard Saunders

This paper explores the emergence and evolution of social contestation over mineral resources in Zimbabwe through three decades and successive models of state engagement around extractives, revenue mobilization and development planning. It investigates patterns of contestation and outcomes around core issues in the sector, including the mining fiscal regime, the participation of small-scale mining and communities, and the management of the labour market.

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