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.
The UNRISD research project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South examines the emergence, nature and effectiveness of recent developments in social policy in emerging economies and developing countries. In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this project explores the extent to which these developments represent a transformative approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In May 2017, UNRISD partnered with the Centre for Social Development in Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) to host a three-day Global Research Workshop that brought together the researchers and experts working on this project to present their research findings and discuss the themes that crosscut the case studies.
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