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United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD
United Nations Research Insitute for Social Development
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 30 20
Fax: 
(+41 22) 917 06 50
Email: 
Contact: 

Jenifer Freedman, Email: freedman@unrisd.org

Description

UNRISD is an autonomous agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1963
Staff: 
14 + research assistants
Chief/Director: 
Director: Thandika Mkandawire
Activities: 

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.

Cooperation: 

with FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNDESA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIFEM, UNU/WIDER and WHO, other intergovernmental agencies, government funding agencies and foundations.

Keywords: 
health
trade & environment
indigenous peoples
freshwater
business & environment
poverty
economic instruments
gender
education
population