United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
UNRISD is an autonomous agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues.
UNRISD works through an extensive global network of researchers and institutes in order to promote original enquiry, strengthen research capacity in developing countries and carry out multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of development challenges in six broad areas:
- Social Policy and Development;
- Democracy, Governance and Well-Being;
- Markets, Business and Regulation;
- Civil Society and Social Movements;
- Identities, Conflict and Cohesion;
- Gender and Development.
Through its research, events and publications, UNRISD provides government agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and scholars with a better understanding of how development policies and processes affect different social groups; stimulates dialogue; and contributes to policy debates both within and outside the United Nations system.
The expertise of the Institute’s staff members is solicited by a range of organizations in the form of consultancy and advisory work. This enables UNRISD to contribute to the programme development and activities of other institutions and groups. UNRISD’s work is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.
with FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNDESA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIFEM, UNU/WIDER and WHO, other intergovernmental agencies, government funding agencies and foundations.
include Ethnic Inequalities and Public Sector Governance; Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context; Commercialization of Health Care; Education as Social Action; Civil Society and the Market Question; Racism and Public Policy; Le commerce équitable; Environmental Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa; Unpacking the Johannesburg Water Corporatization Model; The Politics of HIV/AIDS in Uganda; Liberalization and HIV in Kerala; The Political Economy of Corporate Responsibility in India; Perspectives on Corporate Taxation and Social Responsibility in the Chilean Mining Industry. See the website.