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
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.
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.
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SeminarPublic Forum on extractive industry and development
The Inclusive growth in Mozambique programme will host a public forum on 26 March 2019 on the topic of Extractive Industry and Development. The Chief Economist and Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER Tony Addison will give a presentation based on a major...
NewsPress release - Professor Kunal Sen starts as the director of UNU-WIDER
‘Economic transformation needs to be accompanied by political and social transformations if we are to see drastic increases in human wellbeing’SDGs Transformation Informality
Working PaperRethinking Asian Drama
Gunnar Myrdal published Asian Drama in 1968, a work which made important analytical contributions to our understanding of development but was deeply pessimistic about Asia’s future prospects...Gunnar Myrdal History (Economics) Transformation
Book ChapterTelecommunication and ICT-based services trade
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksTelecommunication Growth Investment
Book ChapterIndustries without smokestacks and structural transformation in Africa: Overview
From the book: Industries without Smokestacksindustry Growth Investment
BookIndustries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...industry Growth Investment
Policy BriefIndustries without smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa reconsidered
Our research shows that structural change in Africa is relying on a new set of economic activities, called ‘industries without smokestacks’, created by recent technological changes and a changing global market place...industry Growth Investment
Book ChapterRegulatory structures and challenges to developmental extractives: Some practical observations from Ghana
From the book: Extractive IndustriesDevelopment Extractives Regulatory
Journal ArticleIntroduction to special issue on regional growth opportunities
Part of Journal Special Issue Regional Growth OpportunitiesSouth Africa Growth Transformation
Journal Special IssueRegional Growth Opportunities
This issue contains seven articles addressing the major changes underway in the integration of economies in southern Africa. This special issue is based on the UNU-WIDER project 'Regional growth and development in Southern Africa'...Growth Industrialization Natural resources
Working PaperRegulatory structures and challenges to developmental extractives: Some practical observations from Ghana
At the heart of an effective extractive resource-based economic transformation and development is an effective regulatory framework that guides the promotion of investments into the sector, the procedure for responsible extraction, and the management...Development Extractives Regulatory
Working PaperDevelopment and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa
This paper puts sub-Saharan Africa’s economic development into perspective...Sub-Saharan Africa Economic development Transformation
BlogProspects for a Tanzanian transformation
Researchers, policy makers, and representatives of international institutions recently gathered in Dar es Salaam to discuss prospects for a transformation of Tanzania’s economy...Transformation Growth Informal sector (Economics)
VideoRegional Growth and Development in Southern Africa project - an interview with Channing Arndt
Channing Arndt , Senior Research Fellow of UNU-WIDER, outlines the main research areas for this project on economic growth in the Southern African region. The project has two main elements – one specifically on the South African economy; the...South Africa Industrialization Regional economics