The Rhythm of Change: New Research, New Faces: Issue 35 July 2017
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As the rhythm of the seasons may be changing with global warming, the rhythm of the global development community is changing with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

July has become HLPF season, a time for governments, civil society and private enterprise to sit down together at the High-Level Political Forum at UN headquarters and review progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. As UNRISD Director Paul Ladd notes in his latest blog post, this meeting seems to be taking over in importance from other traditional gatherings.

As with most types of change, there are winners and losers and it is this distribution of benefits and losses in the processes of development, and how to protect those who lose out, that continues to occupy UNRISD minds and research. It is the basis for many of the contributions to the Transformation Conversation, the second edition of the blog series accompanying our 2016 Flagship Report and published to coincide with the HLPF. It feeds strongly into our work on Social and Solidarity Economy, which makes several appearances in this eBulletin, with new research on how SSE can support the integration of migrants in Europe, a short video introducing our project on SSE and the SDGs in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and a poster on the role of women in SSE in English and Spanish.

So as the seasons move on (we’re enjoying the summer here in Europe), we continue to track social change in the other items in this newsletter. We hope you enjoy browsing through them, and we’ll be back with more in 2 months’ time.


New Research: SSE and Migration in Europe

UNRISD has been successful in attracting funding for a new project on how the social and solidarity economy can effectively provide protection and facilitate the integration of refugees and migrants into the economy and local communities in times of crisis and austerity. The project will be conducted in partnership with the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Trento and Crete, with case studies in Italy and Greece. It is funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS). More details coming soon on the UNRISD website.

How Are We Doing? Reviewing SDG Implementation at the HLPF

As UN Member States gathered in New York for the annual review of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNRISD Director Paul Ladd was also on the ground. As well as attending all the formal sessions of the High-Level Political Forum and a few selected side events, he spoke at Beyond Slogans – Good Practice to Count Us All In, a side event organized by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, the Gray Panthers, the Stakeholder Group on Ageing and UN DESA/DPSD.
He also made the most of his presence in New York to participate in other UN meetings such as the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs and the Environment Management Group.

Research Meets Policy: UNRISD Keynote Speaker at Asia Policy Dialogue on SSE and the SDGs

Attendance at the Asia Policy Dialogue is by invitation only. So it was a select group of policy makers, elected officials, social entrepreneurs, practitioners and researchers from the Asia Pacific region who were able to hear UNRISD Senior Researcher Ilcheong Yi present evidence from the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report on how to make public policy work for Social and Solidarity Economy to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Women in SSE: Are They Getting a Raw Deal?

How do Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) practices look from a feminist perspective? This poster, presenting the project Feminist Analysis of Social and Solidarity Economy Practices: Views from Latin America and India, explains how crossing the theoretical frameworks of feminist studies and SSE helps to explore the organization of social reproduction in SSE initiatives, taking into consideration gender, race and class inequalities.

New Brains, New Faces

We're expanding! Recently, Research Analysts Sueyon Lee and Maggie Carter and Junior Research Fellow Salma Al Darmaki joined UNRISD. We are thrilled to have them on the team. Learn more about Suyeon, Maggie and Salma's work.


Talking About Transformation for SDG Implementation

On the occasion of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum, the UN's central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNRISD has launched the second edition of the Transformation Conversation. This blog series explores what it takes to design and implement innovative eco-social policies that will lead to transformative change. Together with the evidence, analysis and case studies in the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report they are the part of the global conversation on implementing of the SDGs currently in focus at the HLPF.
As well as the usual thought-provoking blog pieces, this series also has a set of videos each containing the 3 main messages from one of the UNRISD Flagship Report chapters in 3 minutes. Here's the full set of blog and video pieces so far:


Webinar: Lessons for the Universalization of Health Care in Emerging Economies

27 July 2017, 15.00 (GMT +2), LIVE ONLINE What's the best way to work towards universal health care? What factors have facilitated progress towards universal health care, and what has worked against it, whether in the political, economic or institutional sphere? In this webinar, organized in collaboration with, find out what lessons can be learned from UNRISD research on 8 emerging economies that bucked the trend for private health care provision. Useful for policy makers seeking to create more inclusive systems, in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. REGISTER NOW!

The Transformation We Want: Working Toward a Global Policy Environment for Resilient Futures

22 August 2017, Stockholm, Sweden UNRISD is pleased to announce that it is hosting a session at the Resilience 2017 Conference aiming to inform global policy debates with an analysis of the processes of change required to promote sustainability and resilience. Find out how international examples and empirical case studies can help identify environmentally sustainable and socially equitable pathways to development.
The session is accompanied by a think piece series which will tease out different strands of the concepts of resilience and transformation based on concrete case studies. More details coming soon.


Latest Research and Policy Brief

Health for All, All for Health: Lessons From the Universalization of Health Care in Emerging Economies
Achieving universal health coverage is integral to the central pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind”. Meeting this target is about more than just having enough resources to incrementally expand health coverage to the entire population. This Brief provides policy makers with evidence-based advice on how to design and implement balanced and integrated policy solutions for universalism in the health sector and beyond in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Accompanies the webinar above on the universalization of health care in emerging economies, and based on the edited volume Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

New Papers on Domestic Resource Mobilization

Reformas Estatales, Fortalecimiento Institucional y Políticas de Movilización de Recursos en Nicaragua: El Caso del Sector de la Salud
Guy Delmelle, René Mendoza Vidaurre Este estudio tiene tres componentes: 1) la transformación histórica del estado en Nicaragua en torno a las políticas sociales, particularmente salud; 2) la historia de las estrategias de movilización de los recursos de parte del estado para el sector salud; y 3) la construcción institucional y las reformas del estado en el sector salud bajo la administración actual de Ortega.
This paper is published as part of the research project Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development.

A Political Economy Analysis of Domestic Resource Mobilization in Uganda

Anne Mette Kjær, Marianne S. Ulriksen, Jalia Kangave, Mesharch W. Katusiimeh Domestic resource mobilization is increasingly regarded as a central element in financing social development as well as broader development goals in the Global South, and for good reasons. As an alternative and complement to aid, the mobilization of domestic resources can bridge critical funding gaps, enhance national ownership, and strengthen citizen influence on the spending priorities of governments, all factors that have the potential to improve social development. This paper draws together analyses and findings from four UNRISD working papers on domestic resource mobilization in Uganda produced as part of the research project Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization for Social Development.


Building Momentum: Reflections on the 2017 High Level Political Forum

Paul Ladd Just returned from the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, the annual UN platform to review SDG implementation, UNRISD Director Paul Ladd reflects on talk and action, and the commitment needed from rich as well as from poor countries to keep the promises of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Uberization of Retirement: What does the Gig Economy Tell Us About Failing Pension Systems?

Saskia Sickinger The gig economy and its innovative approach to employment is attracting increased attention in policy debates. Often assumed to be the purview of younger, tech-savvy generations, these new forms of work are however increasingly being adopted by seniors. This piece explores why more and more older people are moving into the gig economy and what this tells us about the state of traditional pension systems in a changing world.

Universal Basic Income–Necessary but not Sufficient?

Paul Ladd Governments recommitted to ensuring decent work and social protection for all through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in doing so drawing on existing human rights frameworks. But how will these commitments be affected by the surge of new technologies such as highly intelligent robots, automation and virtual reality? This blog post by UNRISD Director Paul Ladd, hosted by, discusses universal basic income as a potential solution to protect those who lose out from rapid technological change.


Social and Solidarity Economy for the SDGs: Spotlight on Seoul

This short video introduces UNRISD's latest research project, Social and Solidarity Economy for the SDGs: Spotlight on the Social Economy in Seoul.The project examines the social economy (SE) in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and how it is contributing to implementing and, ultimately, achieving, the city’s “localized” SDGs. Characterized by a rapid development of proactive SE policies, dramatic growth of SE organizations and enterprises, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s strong commitment to the SDGs, the city’s experience offers a valuable opportunity to further enrich understanding of social and solidarity economy as a means of implementation of the SDGs. Learn more about the project.


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