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Right to Information Act Subject of New Book by UNRISD Visiting Fellow

31 Oct 2014

Right to Information Act Subject of New Book by UNRISD Visiting Fellow

A book on the Right to Information (RTI) Act in India by UNRISD Visiting Fellow Prashant Sharma has just been published. Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act examines the factors underlying the enactment of the Right to Information Act and suggests that they are more complex than they seem. The enactment of the Indian Right to Information Act ...

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Second Research Workshop in New Delhi for “When and Why Do States Respond to Women’s Claims?” Project

23 Oct 2014

Second Research Workshop in New Delhi for “When and Why Do States Respond to Women’s Claims?” Project

The UNRISD gender team is organizing the second workshop for this multi-country project, which now focuses efforts not just on writing-up initial findings but also sharing them with selected stakeholders. It will take place on 29-31 October 2014 in New Delhi. The research teams will present the primary research conducted in China, Indonesia and India, and they will be able to make key progress in comparing findings across issues. The teams will also plan the next stage of the project: dissemination of the research findings and analysis.

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Thandika Mkandawire Recognized by Prestigious Africa-America Institute Award

30 Sep 2014

Thandika Mkandawire Recognized by Prestigious Africa-America Institute Award

Former UNRISD Director, Thandika Mkandawire, last week received the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Africa-America Institute, a New York-based international education and policy organization. Held on 22 September, during the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, and hosted by CNN International anchor Isha Sesay, the ceremony took place in the sumptuous Gotham Hall on Broadway.

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UNRISD Gender Team Maximizing Research Impact

9 Oct 2014

UNRISD Gender Team Maximizing Research Impact

UNRISD’s gender team will be engaging directly with three of UNRISD’s main constituencies this month to maximise the impact of knowledge generated in the Institute. In a variety of events UNRISD researchers will be key participants in conversations with researchers and students; with UN policy makers and international experts; and with academics and civil society representatives.

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5 Sep 2014

"UNRISD adds tremendous value"—UNOG Director-General in Video Address to UNRISD Stakeholder Meeting

On 1-2 September, nearly 30 UNRISD stakeholders gathered in Geneva to discuss future priorities for the Institute and the directions for research for the post-2015 period. The input from the meeting will prove extremely useful to UNRISD as it prepares a new Research Agenda for the future and develops an associated funding strategy.

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UNRISD Continues to Support Capacity Building in Africa

1 Oct 2014

UNRISD Continues to Support Capacity Building in Africa

UNRISD Research Coordinator Ilcheong Yi this year continued the Institute’s long-standing collaboration with the UN-IDEP course Social Policy for Development Planners. Largely based on UNRISD’s Social Policy in a Development Context research, the course trains mid-level and senior African development officials and decision makers and this time took place on 4–15 August 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.

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Korean Translation of UNRISD Book Launched at International Conference in Seoul

10 Sep 2014

Korean Translation of UNRISD Book Launched at International Conference in Seoul

The Korean translation of the recent UNRISD publication, Learning from the South Korean Developmental Success: Effective Development Cooperation and Synergistic Institutions and Policies, was launched at the 8th Seoul ODA International Conference "Good governance and effective institutions". Many of the 600 conference participants attended the launch seminar, and engaged in a lively debate on the "enabling role of institutional mechanisms".

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