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
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
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
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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Journal ArticleAnti-corruption policy making, discretionary power and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policymakers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
Working PaperAnti-corruption policy-making, discretionary power, and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policy makers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
Journal ArticleBusiness Cycle Fluctuations, Large Macroeconomic Shocks, and Development Aid
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of AidBusiness cycles Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
Journal ArticleAiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability Local government
Journal ArticleStrategies of Subversion in Vertically-Divided Contexts: Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in Senegal
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaGovernment accountability Political science Urbanization
Working PaperCan One Retell a Mozambican Reform Story Through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation?
Many public sector reforms in developing countries fail to make governments more functional. This is typically because reforms introduce new solutions that do not fit the contexts in which they are being placed...Government accountability Government spending policy
Book ChapterRecent Distributive Changes in Latin America: An Overview
From the book: Falling Inequality in Latin AmericaEquality and inequality Government accountability Income distribution
Research BriefZambia – Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation
Democracy assistance and donor support have been key in fostering a new type of civil society, dominated by NGOs, the legal community and churches...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
Research BriefAfrica’s Democratic Trajectory: The Impact of Development Aid and Democracy Assistance
Development aid was effective in promoting democratic transitions during the 1990s in African countries beset by economic crisis domestic discontent, and a high dependency on aid...Democratization Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
Working PaperOvercoming the Limits of Institutional Reform in Uganda
This paper begins by noting that Uganda has been a public sector reform leader in Africa...Administrative law Government accountability Institutional economics
Working PaperForeign Aid and the Failure of State Building in Haiti Under the Duvaliers, Aristide, Préval, and Martelly
After receiving at least US$20 billion in aid for reconstruction and development over the past 60 years, Haiti has been and remains a fragile state, one of the worse globally...Economic assistance and foreign aid Elite (Social sciences) Government accountability
BlogDemocracy, Transparency, and Parliamentary Broadcasting
22 August 2013 Patrick Gregory ‘Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’...Democracy Government accountability Justice, Administration of
BlogGood Governance: Is it about Appearance or Action?
27 May 2013 Matt Andrews, Harvard Kennedy School A growing governance agenda and post-2015 ambitions The governance agenda has grown rapidly in the international development community...Globalization Government accountability International agencies
BlogAid to the Social Sectors – Achievements and Mistakes
22 March 2013 The share of aid to social sectors has grown over the past 20 years. Evidence shows clear links between support to these sectors and poverty reduction, economic growth, and human development. But what works, and why?...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (March 2013)
Tony Addison This month saw UNU-WIDER in Stockholm for the ReCom results meeting on ‘aid and the social sectors’, which took place at Sida on 13 March...Decision making (Finance, Public) Econometric models (Economic development) Agriculture
Working PaperMeasuring Government Performance in Public Opinion Surveys in Africa: Towards Experiments?
In examining the study of government performance, this paper asks whether field experiments can improve the explanatory precision of results generated by public opinion surveys...Government accountability Public administration Public goods