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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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
Working PaperMoving up the copper value chain in Southern Africa
Southern African countries—mainly Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—account for around a seventh of global production of copper...copper Industrialization Agglomeration
Working PaperMotorcycle parts and aftermarket industry regional value chain in Southern Africa
This paper provides an overview of the structure, key functions, and characteristics of the motorcycle parts and aftermarket industries in Southern Africa in order to identify challenges to and opportunities for growth in these industries...aftermarket Industrialization motorcycles
BlogCan natural resources jump-start industrialization?
At the end of last year, I filmed a lecture that will be part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on industrialization in Africa...Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
BlogThe ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information
The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...Industrialization Poverty Jobs
BlogRethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day
This week I attended the 28 th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all?...Industrialization structural change Industrial policy
Book ChapterRegional opportunities in East Africa
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksExports Free trade Customs union
Book ChapterNew technologies create opportunities
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksAfrica Industrialization Technology
Blog‘Industrial’ policy in the 21st century
During the past week, I participated in two international conferences. The first was the WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki: Think development - Think WIDER ...Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
Working PaperAsian development after the Asian Drama
Inspired by Gunnar Myrdal’s core concepts discussed in his seminal work, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , published in 1968, this paper analyses the opening-up experiences of three Asian countries (China, India, and Malaysi...Economic openness Operational controls Strategic integration
Working PaperIndustrial development in Asia: Trends in industrialization and industrial policy experiences of developing Asia
Industrial transformation of Asia arguably constitutes the most surprising and dramatic change in the global economy in the last fifty years...Industrial policy Industrialization Structural transformation
Working PaperNatural resources, structural change, and industrial development: Local content in Zambia—a faltering experience?
This paper traces the role of local content in Zambia’s mining sector in supporting industrialization and economic diversification...Industrialization Local content Economic linkages
Journal Special IssueRegional Growth Opportunities
This issue contains seven articles addressing the major changes underway in the integration of economies in southern Africa. This special issue is based on the UNU-WIDER project 'Regional growth and development in Southern Africa'...Growth Industrialization Natural resources
Working PaperNew technologies create opportunities
This paper argues that new technologies—for communication, such as mobile phones and the internet, but also for manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and transport—have the potential to bridge many of the productivity gaps between sub-Sahar...Africa Industrialization Technology