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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Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy

September 2017

Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy

Author: Ilcheong Yi, Hyuna Yi, Suyeon Lee

Realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda is more than just meeting its goals and targets. It ultimately requires changing the structures that generate inequality and poverty to ensure that no one is left behind. “Transformative localization” of the SDGs—that is, meeting diverse needs and transforming economic, social, and political structures at the local level in an inclusive, democratic and sustainable way—is crucial. Enterprises and organizations of the social and solidarity economy are attracting increasing attention from policy makers and practitioners as important players in processes of localizing the SDGs. This brief identifies some key factors for transformative localization, links them to SSE, and highlights related opportunities and challenges.

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Leading a Transformation? New Trends in Social Policy from the Global South—An UNRISD Global Research Workshop

September 2017

Leading a Transformation? New Trends in Social Policy from the Global South—An UNRISD Global Research Workshop

Author: Kelly Stetter, Ilcheong Yi

Realizing the ambitious transformative vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires an equally transformative means of implementation. Innovative social policies that promote social and economic inclusion can provide such a means, and some of the most interesting developments in these areas today are coming out of the Global South. But innovative social policies do not always lead to transformation. Only when political structures and institutions are aligned with the goals of inclusive social policy can these reforms be sustainable in the long term.

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Shaping Social Development from Overseas? New Directions in Social Policy in Indonesia

September 2017

Shaping Social Development from Overseas? New Directions in Social Policy in Indonesia

Author: Kelly Stetter, Aida Lizbeth Becerra Garza

The history of international development cooperation has often been tarnished by the unintended negative consequences of aid agencies’ policies. But Indonesia’s notable progress in social policy reform—in which many bilateral and multilateral donors have also been deeply involved—represents a departure from this trend. What makes the Indonesian case different? This case study, part of the UNRISD research project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South, investigates the innovative approach of international aid agencies to social reform processes in Indonesia, and their impact on domestic institutions and actors.

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Transformative Policies for Sustainable Development: What Does It Take?

August 2017

Transformative Policies for Sustainable Development: What Does It Take?

World leaders have committed to transform our world and leave no one behind in the quest for sustainable development. What needs to happen now to enable the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to deliver on its transformative promise? This Brief presents four key characteristics of innovative policies that facilitate transformative change. These are described in the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report, which culminates in a call for a radical change in political priorities to put social and ecological justice at the top of the “to-do” list in order to achieve the transformation envisioned in the 2030 Agenda.

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