Policy Innovations for Transformative Change

Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals are a global commitment to “transforming our world” and eradicating poverty in all its forms everywhere. The challenge now is to put this vision into action. Policy Innovations for Transformative Change, 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.




This report is the product of collective work by UNRISD staff and the collaborating researchers and partners in our networks around the globe. The report benefited greatly from conversations with numerous individuals on conceptual, methodological and case study issues as well as draft chapters. UNRISD gratefully acknowledges Sarah Cook, Director from 2009 to 2015, and Peter Utting, former Deputy Director and now Senior Research Associate, for their key role in kick-starting, supporting and framing this project. Paul Ladd, who joined UNRISD as Director in October 2015, has steered this project through turbulent times for the Institute and supported the report team with substantive comments, advice and guidance. Without his dedication, persistence and strong belief that UNRISD produces the kind of evidence and ideas that can support the international community to embark on a new pathway of transformation, this report would not have been possible.


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