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.
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.
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
38 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperAbsolute poverty lines
Private consumption capabilities form only one facet of comprehensive living standards assessments, but they are an important facet whose measurement should be done well...Cost effectiveness Poverty Public utilities
Journal ArticleUrban Governance and Service Delivery in African Cities: The Role of Politics and Policies
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaDelivery of goods Policy sciences Public goods
Journal ArticleThe Efficiency of India's Cities: Is There a Case to Finance Them?
One reason for unsatisfactory public service delivery in Indian cities is that city finances are in poor condition...Land tenure Public investments Public utilities
Working PaperUniversal Access to Drinking Water: the Role of Aid
Financing and the role of aid within the water sector are poorly understood. We estimate the levels of spending achieved in developing countries during the Millennium Development Goals period to be US$80 billion per year...Economic assistance and foreign aid Public goods Public utilities
Research BriefThe Politics of Urban Poverty Reduction
Foreign aid has been slow to react to the challenge of urbanization, but must do so if it is to be an effective force going forward...Economic assistance and foreign aid Measurement (Poverty) Poverty
Journal ArticleSmall Trade Flows and Preference Utilisation: The Case of the European Union
Part of Journal Special Issue South-South and North-South Trade AgreementsCommercial policy Economic integration Public utilities
BlogResilient People, Fragile Governance: Bangladesh Achieving Middle-Income Status (Part 2)
Lucy Scott Part 1 of this article, which appeared in last month’s issue, discussed the ‘Bangladesh Paradox’ that Bangladesh has made economic and social strides forwards despite having weak governance...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogFrom the Editor's desk (November 2011)
Tony Addison As we come to the end of November, the snow has yet to arrive in Helsinki...Economic aspects (Finance) Climatic changes Economic aspects (Raw materials)
Working PaperImproving Donor Support for Urban Poverty Reduction: A focus on South Asia
The growing urbanization of poverty poses a significant challenge to governments and donors alike, particularly in Asia, which houses 60 per cent of the world’s slum dwellers...Economic assistance and foreign aid Poverty Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperThe Efficiency of States and Cities: Is There a Case for Public Land Leasing and Sales to Finance India’s Cities?
In this study an attempt has been made to assess the potential of land as a municipal financing tool in four Indian cities, to enable better public service delivery and attainment of the MDGs...Land tenure Public investments Public utilities
Book ChapterAchieving the Water and Sanitation Millennium Development Goal
From the book: Achieving the Millennium Development GoalsEconomic development Public utilities Water
Working PaperMillennium Development Goal 7: An Assessment of Progress With Respect to Water and Sanitation: Legacy, Synergy, Complacency or Policy?
Access to water and sanitation (target 10) is an important ingredient of quality of life. As per WHO-UNICEF assessments, globally, 77 per cent of population had access to water in 1990...Economic development Public utilities Water
BookUtility Privatization and Regulation: A Fair Deal for Consumers?
Latin American countries have now privatized a large number of their utility industries and make more use of market approaches to delivery through networks...Privatization Public utilities
From the book: Utility Privatization and RegulationPrivatization Public utilities
Book ChapterCapitalization, Regulation and the Poor: Access to Basic Services in Bolivia
From the book: Utility Privatization and RegulationInvestments, Foreign Poverty Privatization