Past Highlights

Guidelines for Local Governments on Policies for Social and Solidarity Economy

04 Feb 2021
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2021/02 – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); research paper

With growing awareness about the role of social and solidarity economy in facilitating inclusive and sustainable development, comes an increasing number of governments adopting policies and programmes that aim to support SSE organizations and enterprises. To successfully promote SSE and realize its potential in the context of sustainable local development, policy makers and practitioners need answers to a number of questions. What makes particular policies and programmes effective for SSE? Will these be feasible and adaptable within their various legal, political and socioeconomic contexts? UNRISD has put together this set of guidelines for local Governments

The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (Open Access)

08 Jan 2021
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2020/12 – book; Author(s): Sachin Chaturvedi, Heiner Janus, Stephan Klingebiel et al.

This book offers a sound and clear understanding of the narratives, norms, and institutions as far as development cooperation in the context of Agenda 2030 is concerned.The authors emphasize the role of collective action as a method to foster the attainment of global policy frameworks such as Agenda 2030 across national, regional, and global levels, and diverse policy areas. However, regardless of the mechanism set to attain the SDGs, they doubt that its attainment is still feasible due to the characteristics of power struggles and unresolved contestations surrounding this global development agenda

Forced Migration Review - Recognising Refugees: Challenges and Innovations in Refugee Status Determination)

13 Nov 2020
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2020/11 – Oxford Department of International Development (ODID); Issue 65; Author(s): Marion Couldrey & Jenny Peebles (Editors)

The latest Forced Migration Review explores shortcomings, challenges and innovations (and their consequences for refugees/asylum seekers) in refugee status determination processes worldwide. A second feature offers reflections on lessons and good practice emerging from the Plan of Action for Internationally Displaced People (2018-2020) issued on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20)

COVID-19 in the Global South - Impacts and Responses

29 Oct 2020
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2020/10 – Development Studies Association Ireland (DSAI); open access book; Author(s): Pádraig Carmody, Gerard McCann, Clodagh Colleran & Ciara O’Halloran

Situating the worldwide health crisis within broader processes of globalisation, the book investigates implications for development and gender, as well as the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality. Contributors consider how widespread and long-lasting responses to the pandemic should be, while paying particular attention to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations. Providing answers that will be essential to development practitioners and policy makers, the book offers vital insights into how the impact of COVID-19 can be mitigated in some of the most challenging socio-economic contexts worldwide.

Tackling the Triple Crisis - Using Debt Swaps to Address Debt, Climate and Nature Loss Post-COVID -19

18 Sep 2020
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2020/09 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Author(s): Paul Steele & Sejal Patel

Even before COVID-19, fears were growing over developing country debt, which had surpassed US$8 trillion by the end of 2019. The pandemic has made the situation much worse as its economic impact pushes millions more women, children and men in these countries into poverty. This paper shows how, as part of pandemic economic rescue packages, governments have an opportunity to address simultaneously the crises of debt, climate and biodiversity destruction through a new use of the system of debt for climate and nature programme swaps

Innovations for Sustainability: Pathways to an Efficient and Sufficient Post-Pandemic Future

11 Sep 2020
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2020/08 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Nebojsa Nakicenovic et al

This third report prepared by the "The World in 2050 Initiative" (TWI2050) assesses all the positive potential benefits innovation brings to sustainable development for all, while also highlighting the potential negative impacts and challenges going forward. The report outlines strategies to harness innovation for sustainability by focusing on efficiency and sufficiency in providing services to people, with a particular focus on consumption and production. It concludes with the related governance challenges and policy implications.

Towards Transformative Climate Justice: Key Challenges and Future Directions for Research

10 Jul 2020
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2020/07 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; IDS Working Paper; Author(s): Newell, Peter; Srivastava, Shilpi; Naess, Lars Otto; Torres Contreras, Gerado A.; Price, Roz

Climate justice is understood in a multitude of ways and reflects the fact that the causes and effects of climate change, as well as efforts to tackle it, raise ethical, equity and rights issues. The language of climate justice is increasingly omnipresent in the discourse of academia, civil society, social movements, some governments, cities and even some businesses. But the mechanisms for delivering it are weak and under-developed. This paper shows that definitions of what is covered by climate justice, at what scales, how it can be measured, and which are the best means to deliver it are all heavily contested.

Change Finance, not the Climate

11 Jun 2020
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2020/06 – Transnational Institute (TNI); book; Author(s): Oscar Reyes

This new handbook is an indispensable guide to climate activists and policy-makers alike towards a complete overhaul of the financial system to stop climate chaos. Central to its message is that fossil fuel lending can be redirected towards green energy and that public finance and ownership can bankroll and provide the infrastructure for delivering a Green New Deal. The book presents many progressive proposals to build a just and future-proof financial system that can respond to the climate crisis, assess their potential impact, achievability and any associated drawbacks.

Fair Research Contracting: A Self-Assesment Tool for Institutions

28 May 2020
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2020/05 – Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE); publication; Author(s): André Lederer

The fair research contracting self-assessment tool, developed by the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries and the Council on Health Research for Development supports institutions to engage in fair and equitable negotiation processes for formal contracts despite recognised imbalances in institutional contracting capacities. The self-assessment tool provides a 10 steps approach for assessing an institution's capability to negotiate and conclude fair and equitable research agreements and contracts.

The Future is Public: Towards Democratic Ownership of Public Services

15 May 2020
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2020/05 – Transnational Institute (TNI); book; Author(s): Alexander Panez Pinto et al.

This open access book shows that public services are more important than ever in the face of the climate catastrophe, mounting inequalities, and growing political unrest. Together, civil society organisations, trade unions, and local authorities are crafting new templates for how to expand democratic public ownership to all levels of society and opening up new routes to community-led and climate conscious public service. TNI's research has identified more than 1,400 successful (re)municipalisation cases involving more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries around the world.