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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11 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleTaxation and social protection under governance decentralisation
This article is currently available for early online view. Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working PaperTaxation, social protection, and governance decentralization
Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the government’s taxation levels...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working PaperSocial and political capital in rural Vietnam
This paper exploits five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to investigate issues of social and political capital in rural Vietnam...Economic development Families Household survey
Journal ArticleVertical Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaFiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Research BriefService Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Decentralized Service Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa: Policies, politics and inter-governmental relations’ Winnie V...Economic development Government spending policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations
Research BriefDecentralization in South Africa: The Role of Politics
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Vertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?’ Robert Cameron looks at the ways in which politics affects decentralization and service delivery in South Africa...Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (November 2012)
Tony Addison This month saw the visit of Kaushik Basu, the World Bank’s new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, to talk about the global crisis and the impact on emerging economies at a UNU-WIDER seminar...Agriculture Conflict management Economic development
Working PaperDecentralized Service Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa
In many African countries, decentralization has long been viewed as a means for improving local service delivery...Economic development Government spending policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations
Working PaperVertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?
This study examines the role of politics on decentralization and service delivery in South Africa, with a specific focus on Johannesburg and Cape Town...Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Book ChapterThe Millennium Challenge Account: Transforming US Foreign Assistance Policy?
From the book: Development Finance in the Global EconomyEconomic assistance and foreign aid Intergovernmental fiscal relations International economic relations