The CSDA partnered with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) on the 'New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the global South" (NDSP) programme. The NDSP is a multi-year research project that examines the emergence, nature and effectiveness of recent developments in social policy in emerging economies and developing countries. This research aims to shed light on the policy options and choices of emerging/developing countries and answer the questions of how economic, social, political and institutional arrangements can be designed to achieve better social outcomes given the challenges of the contemporary development context.
The project consists of: five country case studies focused on China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa; two country cluster studies focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); two country papers focused on Brazil and Rwanda; and four thematic papers exploring the cross-cutting issues of decentralization, informality, global social policy and institutional complementarity.
The CSDA team produced a working paper titled Moving towards Redistributive andTransformative Social Security?Gendered Social and Economic Outcomes in South Africa on their findings.