UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
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COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
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Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
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20 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
SeminarWeiWei Chen on the political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia
WeiWei Chen will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 20 November 2019. Abstract - The political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia: a case study of Eastern Industry Park Conventional wisdom sees a large role for Chinese state-owned...
LectureMOOC: Industrial policy for the 21st century – the challenge for Africa
LearningIndustrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa Learning Industrialization Africa's Economic Development
WorkshopWorkshop – The National Treasury and UNU-WIDER
Policy seminarSida Development Talks - Africa rising? Poverty and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
On 22 April 2016 UNU-WIDER visits the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to launch the new open access book Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Resulting from UNU-WIDER’s project on ’Reconciling Africa’s growth, poverty and...
NewsNew open access book - Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
On 14 April 2016 Oxford University Press (OUP) published UNU-WIDER’s first open access book, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp.Growth Growth and employment Poverty
BlogEnvironmental change and economic development in Africa
The MIT Global Change Forum has gained an international reputation for serious, frank, and informed discussion of global climate change...Africa's Economic Development Climate change Sustainable energy
Panel discussionEconomic and political dynamics of Africa's emerging middle class
Economic and political dynamics of Africa's emerging middle class Robust economic growth in much of sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade is largely believed to have coincided with an expanding middle class. According to some estimates, the...
PresentationAid to Africa and the Changing Context
Peking University National School of Development, UNU-WIDER, African Development Bank and World Bank meeting of contributors to the Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Beijing, China. Presented by Finn Tarp , Director of UNU-WIDER. Presentation
SeminarOxford Handbook of Africa and Economics
Peking University National School of Development, UNU-WIDER, African Development Bank and World Bank meeting of contributors to the Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics.
Project meetingAfrica's Emerging Middle-Class as a side event at the African Studies Association Conference
Africa's Emerging Middles Class project meeting was held as a side event at the African Studies Association Conference...
PresentationClimate change and economic development in Africa
Africa: Climate Change and Economic Development Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa is the theme of the 38th plenary session of the African Economic Research Consortium’s (AERC) Biannual Research Workshop 2013.The session will...
SeminarAfrican economic growth: Productivity, policy syndromes and the importance of institutions
Speaker Augustin Kwasi Fosu, Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER. Recent evidence from an exhaustive political-economy study of growth of African economies – the Growth Project of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) - suggests that...
ProjectAfrican development - myths and realities
Existing research on Africa has produced a seemingly endless list of reasons why African growth and poverty reduction record has lagged behind that of other regions of the developing world. This project looks at the reasons put forward for Africa...Africa's Economic Development African development Myth
ProjectDesigning Africa's poverty strategies - expanding local capacity to simulate policy options
In 2003, UNU-WIDER launched its project on Designing Africa’s Poverty Strategies: Creating the Capacity for Policy Simulation to develop economic modelling capacity in African countries. The project director provided regular training workshops...Africa's Economic Development