Political Drivers of Transformative and Inclusive Development: Examples from Social Policy and Gender-Egalitarian Reforms

The SDGs represent a step-change in ambition from the MDGs, integrating new priorities such as sustainable production and consumption and climate change, while raising expectations regarding the eradication of poverty and promotion of gender equality, for example. The SDG process already prompted much debate about the suitable policy interventions to achieve these transformative changes. However, the success, or failure, of the SDGs will ultimately depend on securing the political will to achieve transformative change at global, regional and national levels.

This one-day workshop will bring together recent research findings from the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, based at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute (GDI), and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) to shed light on the political drivers of transformative change and inclusive development. The emphasis throughout will be on policy implications: how advocates and policy makers keen to promote transformative change can make use of political analysis and work in politically attuned ways to achieve the SDGs.