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The Challenge of Leaving No One Behind: Securing Political Commitment for Inclusive Development

Date: 12 Dec 2017

  • Time: 16:30-18:00
  • Location: Library Events Room (B-135), Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • Counterpart(s): Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, University of Manchester; UNOG Library
  • Project Title: UNRISD Seminar Series

The Challenge of Leaving No One Behind: Securing Political Commitment for Inclusive Development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals are praised for their greater ambition compared to the MDGs, and the comparatively inclusive process of designing global goals for all countries and for all people.

Yet there are critical voices as well, questioning the feasibility and scope of the SDGs and pointing to the limited concrete progress, thus far, in raising the financial resources and the political will required to meet the lofty objectives. This panel discussion will focus on the politics of inclusive development, and what this means for achievement of the SDGs and routes to social justice more broadly.

The Seminar will be followed by a reception.

It is preceded by a workshop on Political Drivers of Transformative and Inclusive Development: Examples from Social Policy and Gender-Egalitarian Reforms.

Moderator: Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD
Welcome remarks: Francesco Pisano, Director, UN Library in Geneva (TBD)


  • David Hulme, CEO, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, University of Manchester: The Shift from International to Global Development
  • Sam Hickey, Professor of Politics and Development, University of Manchester: How Politics Shapes Development and Why This Matters for Meeting the SDGs
  • Sohela Nazneen, Fellow in Gender and Sexuality at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK: Translating Global Ideas into National Policy Implementation: The Gendered Politics of Inclusive Development


  • Nitya Rao, Professor of Gender and Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator at UNRISD, Geneva


This event is public and free of charge. Registration is now open.

Remote Access

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This event will also be recorded and a video output made available as view-on-demand. If you would like to be notified when the video and the podcast are online, please send an email with "Audio/video notification: Securing Political Commitment” in the subject line to sergio.sandoval@un.org or subscribe to the UNRISD YouTube channel.

Related Resources

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence. Sam Hickey, Kunal Sen and Badru Bukenya, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2016)
The volume is a state of the art review of what is currently known about the politics of inclusive development, based on empirical evidence from a wealth of case-study material. It offers new approaches for thinking about the issue, along with innovative and practical suggestions for donors, policy makers and practitioners.
Open Access ¦ eBook ¦ Paperback ¦ Hardback

*A limited number of copies will be available for sale at the event, and contributors will be happy to sign copies.

Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Katja Hujo, coordinator and lead author. (UNRISD, 2016)

The Flagship Report helps unpack the complexities of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, focusing on innovations and pathways to policy change, and analysing which policies and practices 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 that can be used as a benchmark for policy making toward the 2030 Agenda, intended to “leave no one behind”.

Open Access: www.unrisd.org/flagship2016
Paperback via print on demand: https://shop.un.org/zh/node/58614