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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This new Open Access book provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics. Based on fifteen years of continued data collection and research efforts it brings together nine up-to-date studies on... read more
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Working PaperWill urbanization raise social mobility in the South, replicating the economic history of the West?
As developing countries rapidly urbanize, the number of people living in ‘slums’—neighbourhoods lacking property rights and basic services—continues to increase...Informality Slums Social mobility
Book ChapterForeign Aid, Urbanization and Green Cities
From the book: Aid Effectiveness for Environmental SustainabilitySustainable development Urbanization Foreign aid
VideoMitigation Policy in Carbon-Intensive Economies
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Plenary 3Mitigation policy Climate change Industrialization
Journal ArticleThe Rise of a Middle Class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for Food System Transformation
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassFood supply Urbanization
Journal ArticleCan Cities or Towns Drive African Development?: Economywide Analysis for Ethiopia and Uganda
Rapid urbanization is an important characteristic of African development and yet the structural transformation debate focuses on agriculture’s relative merits without also considering the benefits from urban agglomeration...Economic development Gross national product Poverty
Working PaperThe Rise of a Middle Class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for Food System Transformation
We examine the implications of the rise of a middle class in East and Southern Africa for food consumption patterns and the food system...Agriculture Econometric models (Economic development) Microeconomics
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 ArticleStrategies of Subversion in Vertically-Divided Contexts: Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in Senegal
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaGovernment accountability Political science Urbanization
Journal Special IssueUrban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan Africa
This special issue comprises UNU-WIDER research focusing on key governance challenges related to addressing gaps in urban service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa...Economic assistance and foreign aid Decision making (Public administration) Public goods
Research BriefSupporting Design of Green Cities
Development of green cities is one way to help address problems associated with climate change...Economic aspects (Urban planning) Economic assistance and foreign aid Sustainable development
Working PaperForeign Aid, Urbanization and Green Cities
Rapid urbanization, and particularly the associated problems of urban poverty, unsustainable development and environmental degradation, pose an enormous challenge to many developing countries...Economic assistance and foreign aid Sustainable development Economic aspects (Urban planning)
Journal ArticleAgriculture and Small Towns in Africa
Africa is urbanizing rapidly. Yet most dual economy models focus on the sectoral rather than spatial dimensions of development. This article adopts a “dual–dual” approach to measuring rural/urban and farm/nonfarm linkages...Agriculture Poverty Urbanization
BlogFrom The Editor's Desk (December 2012)
Tony Addison This year has rushed by at speed. For UNU-WIDER it’s been a year of big successes. We will have published some 110 working papers by the end of December, up from 96 in 2011 (go here for the latest list)...Economic aspects (Economic development) Economic aspects (Environment) Climatic changes
Research BriefUrban Service Delivery in Africa and the World Bank
Various studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between urban population levels and gross national income...Central planning Local government Urban planning
Journal ArticleOpposition Parties and the Urban Poor in African Democracies
Africa’s urban poor increasingly represent a key constituency for electoral mobilization...Democracy Democratization Populism
Panel discussionLatin American urban development into the 21st century: Towards a renewed perspective on the city
The 20th century witnessed global processes of urbanization on an unprecedented scale, to the extent that more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas for the first time in human history. Latin America is the developing...