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
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
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Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
12 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
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
Journal ArticleResource-based industrialisation in Southern Africa: Domestic policies, corporate strategies and regional dynamics
Part of Journal Special Issue Regional Growth OpportunitiesMineral industries Industrial development Value chains
Working PaperMining and economic development: Did China’s WTO accession affect African local economic development?
This paper investigates China’s influence on local economic development in 37 African countries between 1997 and 2007...Extractives Mineral industries Commodity boom
Working PaperGold mining pollution and the cost of private healthcare: The case of Ghana
To attract greater levels of foreign direct investment into their gold mining sectors, many mineral-rich countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been willing to overlook serious instances of mining company non-compliance with environmental standards...Health expenditures Mineral industries Pollution
Working PaperCan mining promote industrialization?: A comparative analysis of policy frameworks in three Southern African countries
This paper explores the potential to leverage large-scale mineral extraction in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to foster mineral beneficiation and upstream industries...Mineral industries Supply and demand
Working PaperTanzania—from mining to oil and gas
This paper compares and contrasts the economic situation in Tanzania during the resurgence of gold and diamond production after 1999, with the situation that is now emerging as the country begins to exploit very large resources of natural gas mainly ...Gas utilities Mineral industries Natural resources
BlogExtractive industries and development - What’s in the UNU-WIDER research pipeline?
The recent anti-corruption summit in London highlighted a much-publicized issue in development—transparency is crucial in the minerals sector...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
BlogCan extractive industries promote development?
I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development ...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
BlogWill Norway’s model of Sovereign Wealth Fund work in Tanzania?: A reality check
Several countries in Africa – including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda - have recently discovered large oil and gas or other mineral resources...Economic assistance and foreign aid Fiscal policy Mineral industries
Research BriefResponding to Aid-Induced Dutch Disease
In the WIDER Working Paper 'Aid and the Fiscal and Monetary Responses to Dutch Disease' Alan Roe looks at the ways in which aid-induced, and mineral export-induced Dutch Disease (DD) are similar, and the ways in which they differ...Economic assistance and foreign aid Fiscal policy Mineral industries
Working PaperAid and the Fiscal and Monetary Responses to Dutch Disease
This study assesses the fiscal and monetary management challenges that can be associated with large inflows of foreign aid...Economic assistance and foreign aid Fiscal policy Mineral industries
BlogThe Triple Crisis: What Development Prospects for Africa?
Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet On May 13 and 14, 2010, UNU-WIDER invited around 200 development economists from all over the world to Helsinki to celebrate WIDER’s 25th anniversary, assess the implications of the unfolding triple crisis...Agricultural industries Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy)