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Social and Solidarity Economy: A Rising Force?

19 Nov 2014

Social and Solidarity Economy: A Rising Force?

In this update on the progress being made in putting social and solidarity economy on the UN agenda, UNRISD Research Analyst Marie-Adélaïde Matheï reviews its position in post-2015 debates and UNRISD policy and research activities.

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“Thanks, Otto! 125 years of pensions”: UNRISD Speaker at International Conference on Pension Reform

11 Nov 2014

“Thanks, Otto! 125 years of pensions”: UNRISD Speaker at International Conference on Pension Reform

Research Coordinator Katja Hujo was a panellist at the international conference on pension reform “Thanks, Otto ! 125 years of pensions” hosted by BMZ, GIZ, Helpage International and Allianz in Berlin on 28-29 October 2014. The conference celebrated 125 years since the first ever public pension system was introduced in 1889 by then German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, and which has since influenced the development of pension systems around the world.

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Member states, civil society and even royalty: UNRISD at the ECE Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting

10 Nov 2014

Member States, Civil Society and Even Royalty: UNRISD at the ECE Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting

UNRISD Director Sarah Cook moderated a distinguished panel of speakers at the first substantive session of the ECE Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting, held in Geneva on 6 November 2014. The speakers included representatives of member states, a senior EU official and experts from government and civil society.

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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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