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Policy Innovations for Transformative Change

Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals are a global commitment to “transforming our world” and eradicating poverty in all its forms everywhere. The challenge now is to put this vision into action. Policy Innovations for Transformative Change, the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report, helps unpack the complexities of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in a unique way: by focusing on the innovations and pathways to policy change, and analysing which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and ecological justice. Drawing on numerous policy innovations from the South, the report goes beyond buzzwords and brings to the development community a definition of transformation which can be used as a benchmark for policy making toward the 2030 Agenda, intended to “leave no one behind”. Bringing together five years of UNRISD research across six areas—social policy, care policy, social and solidarity economy, eco-social policy, domestic resource mobilization, and politics and governance—the report explores what transformative change really means for societies and individuals.

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Mobilizing domestic resources for sustainable development: Toward a progressive fiscal contract

Domestic resource mobilization (DRM) will be crucial not only to meet the sheer scale of investment needed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also because it holds its own broader promise for transformative change. If undertaken successfully, DRM can generate substantial benefits for state-citizen relations, economic stability and growth, and redistribution. Coalitions for progressive reforms, through which the rich pay relatively more than the poor, are a precondition for creating transformative eco-social and fiscal contracts. This is easier in contexts with greater state capacity, where resource bargains are more transparent and inclusive, and where national bargains are supported by global bargains, the latter providing resources and regulation.

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