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. It provides guidance on how to turn the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into concrete actions that:
- go beyond palliative approaches to substantively and sustainably address the root causes of poverty, inequality and environmental destruction;
- are integrated, innovative and policy-driven, and demonstrate an eco-social turn in discourse and practice;
- are informed by inclusive, multi-level partnerships; and
- are grounded in evidence and normative values such as social justice and sustainability.