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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Working PaperIs multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?
The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...Caste Equality and inequality Local government
VideoRole of Local Governance
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Parallel 5.1Climate change Local government
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
Working Paper‘Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Secondment in Somalia
Donors face distinct challenges in operating in fragile states and supporting the building of state capacity...Economic assistance and foreign aid Human rights Local government
Journal ArticleState Failure, State-Building, and Prospects for a “Functional Failed State” in Somalia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesEconomic development Economic policy International agencies
Journal ArticleTransition Regimes and Security Sector Reforms in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesConflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Local government
Working PaperThe Practice of Industrial Policy – Lessons for Africa: Case Studies of Decentralized Co-ordination in China
This paper draws on both successful and failing cases of industrialization in China to analyse the role of local governments in fostering the growth of light manufacturing...Economic conditions Industrial policy Industrialization
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
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 ArticleUrban Service Delivery in Africa and the Role of International Assistance
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaLocal government Urban planning Urbanization
Journal ArticleOpposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaCentral planning Economic policy Local government
PresentationEthnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research
Presentation by Rachel M. Gisselquist. Title: 'Ethnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research' (paper by Rachel M. Gisselquist, Stefan Leiderer, and Miguel Nino-Zarazua)...
Research BriefAid to Mozambique: A Trade-Off Between Governance and Democracy?
In Mozambique donors have shifted focus from project aid to budget support in an effort to reform the public sector and ‘justice, legality and public order’...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Research BriefDivided Authority in Kampala, Uganda
Favouritism of government controlled councils is most distinct through interference in local politics rather than through funding mechanisms...Central planning Economic policy Local government
Working PaperTransition Regimes and Security Sector Reforms in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Why are some countries more successful at carrying out post-conflict reconstruction programmes than others? Why has Sierra Leone been more successful in the reform of its armed forces than Liberia has after the end of the Mano River Basin wars?...Conflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Local government
Working PaperAid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: The Case of Somali-Inhabited Eastern Horn of Africa
Institution-building in Somalia has met with high levels of failure for two decades. But successes have occurred in other Somali-inhabited regions of the eastern Horn, and have been especially present at the local and municipal level...Economic development Economic policy International agencies