1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Institutional Strategy

Research for Social Change–Transformations to Equity and Sustainability: UNRISD Strategy 2016-2020 is an overarching institutional framework that links research, communications, policy engagement, results and impact. Developed through extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, the UNRISD Strategy responds to contemporary development trends, policy concerns and scholarly debates, and aims to fill identified knowledge gaps, while also anticipating social issues that are not yet part of mainstream discourse.

The UNRISD Strategy is shaped by strong ties with the normative foundations and operational processes of the United Nations system, and by an impact approach through which policy-engaged research is informed by and responsive to potential users to ensure relevance and uptake. Taking full advantage of UNRISD’s strategic institutional location and relations within the UN system, and its mandate to undertake policy-relevant research on social development issues, the Institute engages with a wide range of stakeholders—bridging academia, policy and decision makers, practitioners and advocates within and between countries around the world—to ensure that ideas, knowledge and evidence inform processes of change.

Through the implementation of the UNRISD Strategy 2016–2020, the Institute will contribute to a better understanding of and greater pluralism in transformative policies, practices and approaches to social development, inclusive of human well-being, equity, sustainability, democratic governance and social justice, by relevant UN, national government, civil society and academic stakeholders. UNRISD will contribute evidence, analysis, ideas and strategies that can shape debates, frame policies and approaches, and guide policy makers and practitioners in their efforts to combat the contemporary challenges of inequalities, conflict and unsustainable practices, and to achieve more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development outcomes.

UNRISD receives no funding from the General Budget of the United Nations. The Institute must fully mobilize all the financial resources necessary to implement its strategy for research, communications, policy engagement, results and impact. Within the framework of its mandate and mission, UNRISD remains flexible and responsive to the changing context, emerging priorities and specific demands for research from United Nations entities and other key users and stakeholders.