Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
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WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
118 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogThe vital role of aid in development
The UNU-WIDER research programme on foreign aid ( ReCom ) began in 2010, in a period of strong aid scepticism. Dambisa Moyo’s well-known book, Dead Aid (2009), is just one example...Aid effectiveness Aid policy Conflict management
Journal ArticleThe heterogeneous effect of oil discoveries on democracy
This paper evaluates the existence of a resource curse on political regimes using the Synthetic Control Method...Democracy Natural resources
ProjectCapable states - building the foundations for achieving SDGs
Theme: Current programmeCapable states Economic growth Clientelism
Working PaperThe state and development
Using a comparative frame that draws on the variation of developmental trajectories in Asia from Northeast Asia to China to Southeast Asia and to India, this paper explores the changing role of the state in these countries and the contributions that ...State Democracy Redistribution
Working PaperBacksliding and reversal: The J-Curve revisited
Ian Bremmer published a treatise on the stability of states built on the notion that states fall along a curve resembling a slanted “J” when plotting their stability against openness...Democracy Backsliding Fragile states
Journal ArticleTransitional Justice, Gender Programming, and the UNSCR 1325: African Context and the Case of Kenya
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid for Gender Equality and DevelopmentDemocracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Justice, Administration of
Working PaperOil discoveries and democracy
We evaluate the effect of natural resources on political regimes...Democracy Natural resources
Annual LectureDevelopment research and changing priorities
In 2015 WIDER Annual Lecture 19 was given by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. He discussed the overall challenge of sustainable and human-focused development including new and old challenges...Democracy Economic development Economics
BlogDevelopment, democracy and cohesion: Critical essays with insights on Sierra Leone and wider Africa contexts
African countries face huge challenges in building democratic and cohesive societies that will enhance the wellbeing of their citizens...Democracy Economic development Economic policy
BlogJoseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen on the Sustainable Development Goals
World leaders are now meeting at a special UN summit from 25–27 September to formally adopt the SDGs, which will then be implemented from 1 January 2016...Democracy Economic development Human rights
Book ChapterThe Impact of Democracy on Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1982-2012
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 1...Democracy Democratization Economic development
Journal ArticleThe Middle Class and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Voting
Journal ArticleSouth Africa's Emerging Black Middle Class: A Harbinger of Political Change?
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Ethnic relations
Journal Article“No Bourgeoisie, No Democracy”? The Political Attitudes of the Kenyan Middle Class
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Democratization Voting
Book ChapterDoes Foreign Aid Support Democracy Development?: Aid, Democracy, and Instability from Trade
This study revisits the effect of aid on the quality of institutions and examines the effects of a major source of instability, namely terms-of-trade instability, on the quality of democracy...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid International trade