Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
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.
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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.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
9 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperRural financial intermediation and poverty reduction in Ghana: A micro-level analysis
The financial sector in rural areas, where most of the poor people in sub-Saharan Africa are found, has transformed massively in recent times, notably through the increased penetration of several types of rural financial intermediaries in addition to...rural financial intermediation Poverty reduction Welfare
Book ChapterBuilding a conservative welfare state in Botswana Social protection Drought Relief Conservatism
Book ChapterSoutheast Asia
From the book: Asian TransformationsAgricultural productivity Investments Foreign
Working PaperFinancing the Zambia social cash transfer scale-up: A tax benefit microsimulation analysis based on MicroZAMOD
This paper assesses the effects on poverty and inequality of the alternative targeting approaches that Zambia’s Social Cash Transfer programme could take as its expansion continues during the period of the country’s Seventh National Devel...Economic inequality Poverty Social cash transfers
BlogDevelopment programmes, security, and violence reduction: Evidence from an insurgency in India
Implementing development programmes in conflict-affected areas is crucial for conflict as well as poverty reduction. The big question is how do you carry out these programmes successfully?...Conflict management Development Poverty reduction
Working PaperThe welfare impact of Vietnam’s national target programme ‘building a new countryside’: A quasi-experimental evaluation
We evaluate the impact on household income of Vietnam’s national target programme to build a new countryside for the period from 2010 to 2015. The purpose of the programme is to modernize rural Vietnam...Poverty reduction Impact evaluation Household income
Working PaperSix development paths in Southeast Asia: Three plus three
Six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand) defied Gunnar Myrdal’s pessimistic prognosis in his 1968 volume, Asian Drama, regarding their prospects for devel...Agricultural productivity Investments, Foreign Industrial policy
Working PaperBuilding a conservative welfare state in Botswana
Botswana’s welfare state is both a parsimonious laggard in comparison with some other middle-income countries in Africa (such as Mauritius and South Africa) and extensive (in comparison with its low-income neighbours to the north and east)...Social protection Drought Relief Conservatism