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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This new Open Access book provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics. Based on fifteen years of continued data collection and research efforts it brings together nine up-to-date studies on... read more
80 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperDo fences make good neighbours?: Evidence from an insurgency in India
India has employed a variety of military, political, and economic measures to combat the long running insurgency in Kashmir with little evidence on what contributes to stability in the region...Conflict Violence Governance
Journal ArticleThe Yemen Social Fund for Development: An Effective Community-Based Approach amid Political Instability
Part of Journal Special Issue Development Assistance for PeacebuildingConflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects
Book ChapterWhat Do Development NGOs Achieve?
Economic development projects Nonprofit organizations Panel analysis
Journal ArticleEvaluating Antipoverty Transfer Programmes in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa: Better Policies? Better Politics?
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperHealth shocks and the intergenerational transmission of inequality: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
This paper explores the intergenerational effects of parental health shocks using longitudinal data from the Young Lives project conducted in Andhra Pradesh, India...Econometric models (Economic development) Economic development projects Health
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (October 2014)
30 October 2014 Tony Addison With the first snow in Helsinki, we are settling in for the long winter. Our winters will become colder and snowier with climate change (more moisture in the atmosphere above the arctic, I’m told)...Economic development projects Equality and inequality
BlogWIDER Annual Lectures – Taking Stock
I am looking forward to WIDER Annual Lecture 18, held 18 November in New York not only because I expect that Peter Timmer will make a distinguished contribution to the understanding of economic transformation, but also because the cumulative impact...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogGlobal Inequality – What’s Going On?
26 September 2014 Roger Williamson Huge interest in the WIDER Inequality Conference (5-6 September) Inequality is big news...Economic development projects Education Equality and inequality
Journal ArticleForeign Aid and Decentralization: Limitations on Impact in Autonomy and Responsiveness
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic development projects
Working PaperAid and Environment in Mozambique
Mozambique benefits from environmental aid-related funds, but it is still unclear whether donor commitments render directly into projects that are copiously implemented for the purposes stated and what aid flows have actually been doing and are doing...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects Environment
Research BriefLessons from the National Solidarity Programme in Afghanistan
The National Solidarity Programme (NSP) serves as a success story that has improved many Afghan lives and laid the groundwork for potential longer-term development...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects Public goods
BlogThe Nordic Contribution to Development
26 March 2014 Tony Addison The Nordic countries have a long-standing commitment to development, and their work in peace-building has taken Nordic peacemakers into some of the toughest places in the world...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogBrazil's Economics Success: Lessons for Africa – An Interview with Armando Barrientos and Ed Amann
24 January 2014 In this interview Armando Barrientos and Ed Amann give an introduction to their research project at the Brooks World Poverty Institute on the relevance of the Brazilian development model for Africa...Economic development projects Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Poverty
Working PaperEvaluation of Non-Governmental Development Organizations
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are now widely used in development economics. However, their use is often resisted by non-governmental development organizations...Economic development projects Nonprofit organizations Panel analysis
Research BriefAssessing the Role of Gender in DfID and Sida Challenge Funds
Corporate actors are now playing an important role in international development and contributing new ideas to development aid...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects Social responsibility of business
Working PaperEnvironmental and Climate Finance in a New World: How Past Environmental Aid Allocation Impacts Future Climate Aid
In this paper we update previous work that categorizes foreign aid projects in terms of their likely impact on the natural environment...Climatic changes Cost effectiveness Economic assistance and foreign aid