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Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge?

Sustainability measurement and reporting has much improved in recent decades, but is it fit for purpose for 21st century challenges and for the SDGs? This international conference held on June 3 and 4, in Geneva, will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders from UN agencies, national policy making bodies and practitioners in the measurement and reporting fields to discuss best practices, key concerns, and ways forward that take better account of the social dimensions of sustainable development.

The Invisible Player: Social and Solidarity Finance for Financing for Development
October 7, 2015

unrisdThis contribution is published as part of the Think Piece Series The Road To Addis and Beyond, launched to coincide with the third and final drafting session of the outcome document of this summer’s Third International Conference on Financing for Development. In this Series, global experts discuss a range of topics complementary to the UNRISD research project on the Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization on how to fund social development and raise provocative or alternative perspectives that can generate further ideas and debates.  See the original post for more information.

The debates at the 2015 International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Addis Ababa focused on macro gaps in development funding, and on the private sector as a provider of solutions. But this approach overlooked two fundamental players: social and solidarity economy (SSE) and social and solidarity finance (SSF). This think piece suggests that involving users in the management of financial resources and targeting funds towards sustainable activities leads the way to more sustainable finance conducive to socially sustainable development.

by Marie-Adélaïde Matheï, Research Analyst at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva.
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Social and Solidarity Economy: A Rising Force?

In this update on the progress being made in putting social and solidarity economy on the UN agenda, UNRISD Research Analyst Marie-Adélaïde Matheï reviews its position in post-2015 debates and UNRISD policy and research activities.

As the outline of the post-2015 agenda becomes clearer, and sustainable development goals (SGDs) are defined, many actors now ask the question: how are we going to implement the new SDGs? Policy makers, the UN and civil society will soon have to identify existing regulations, forms of production and consumption and partnerships that espouse the ideal of sustainable development. Social and solidarity economy (SSE) has a lot of potential in this regard. Guided by principles of cooperation and democratic decision making, the production of goods and services by SSE organizations comes with explicit social and often environmental objectives. This makes SSE a fundamentally integrative and inclusive approach. However, in the debates over a post-2015 agenda, the potential of SSE has so far been overlooked.
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UNRISD – Internship on Social and Solidarity Economy
January 1, 2015
  • Closing date: 18 Jan 2015
  • Vacancy number: INT 081
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.UNRISD is now accepting applications for an internship position, starting in February 2015, to assist with the project on “Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy” (www.unrisd.org/sse) under the supervision of Pascal van Griethuysen, Research Coordinator.While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:

  • provide research assistance for the project indicated above;
  • conduct library and Internet searches and assist with drafting and editing potential publications;
  • contribute to ongoing working tasks related to project management, fundraising activities, external relations, and event organization;

Qualifications, skills and competencies:

  • Education in public policy, development studies, economics, sociology, political science or a related field at an accredited university, and have academic and professional experience in relevant issues. We are especially interested in candidates with strong expertise in social and solidarity economy and the connections with finance and sustainable development. Knowledge in alternative forms of finance, including ethical banking, financial cooperatives, microfinance, complementary currencies etc. is an asset.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is essential, good working knowledge in French and Spanish is desirable.
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability

This UNRISD internship is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme. 

  • At the time of application, applicants must meet one of the following requirements (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns)
    (i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
    (ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
    (iii) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (i) and (ii) above) and, if selected, commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
  • Interns are not financially remunerated.
  • UNRISD is not responsible for interns’ travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship.

The deadline for applications is 18 January 2015 (23:59 Central European Time), with a start date around 1 February 2015, to be mutually agreed. The usual duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of extension.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. Please use the “motivation” section to submit a cover letter specifying your interests and qualifications. The “statement section” can be used to underline your knowledge and interest in the topic of social and solidarity economy and finance. Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be contacted by 20 January 2015.

UNRISD vacancies are posted at www.unrisd.org/vacancies. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed promptly of any openings.

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