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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle

by Marty Chen
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. This is a defining moment to follow the call for racial and economic justice and change structures of discrimination and disadvantage. The COVID-19 crisis has exposed pre-existing fault lines — inequities and injustices — at the base of the economic...

Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment.
In 1969, richer countries agreed to commit 0.7% of their gross national income to international development aid. The world has changed since then, and a new era calls for a fresh approach to poverty eradication, involving a scaled financial commitment from all countries. LONDON – Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global...

An interview with José Antonio Ocampo

by José Antonio Ocampo
The UNU-WIDER book ‘Resetting the International Monetary (Non)system’ by José Antonio Ocampo was recently ranked among the top ten economics books on Oxford Scholarship Online. Like all of UNU-WIDER’s publications, the book is free Open Access. In it, Professor Ocampo lays out a proposal for fundamentally reforming the global monetary system, in order to assist developing countries, meet global goals, and improve global fairness. On 12 September 2018, I sat down...

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UNU-WIDER at 35: Letter from the Director

2020 promised to be a big year for UNU-WIDER, with the celebration of our 35th anniversary, the 45th birthday of UNU, and 75 years of the UN...

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Migration governance in the Global South September 2020

Building knowledge about migration governance and policy in the Global South is a priority for research and policy. Migration is a defining feature of our time and one closely linked with processes of economic and political development...

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Tackling poverty and inequality in Southern Africa: Transnational growth corridors as a solution September 2020

Comprehensive harmonization is crucial to eliminate inefficiencies that hamper free movement of goods and services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region...

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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty

In 1969, richer countries agreed to commit 0.7% of their gross national income to international development aid...

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Graduating in the shadow of the pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on the transition of young Mozambicans from school to work

Since appearing in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into an unprecedented health and socioeconomic crisis...

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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle: Three guiding principles for a better deal
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The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite...

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Do we have the right balance?: Aggregate population health and COVID-19
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The world has been shaken by unprecedented efforts in the name of public health. But, efforts to arrest COVID-19 were not initially formulated with a comprehensive view of the public health in mind ...

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An interview with José Antonio Ocampo: Why is 'Resetting the international monetary (non)system' one of the most popular economic titles at Oxford University Press?
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The UNU-WIDER book ‘Resetting the International Monetary (Non)system’ by José Antonio Ocampo was recently ranked among the top ten economics books on Oxford Scholarship Online ...

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Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality

Before coronavirus, inequality was already increasing in many parts of the developing world . But the pandemic is going to greatly heighten existing economic and social inequalities...

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International tax research: Why does more than numbers matter

Can tax research be inspiring? Looking back at the three years of collaboration between UNU-WIDER and the Uganda Revenue Authority ( URA ), the answer is yes – but even that is just the start...

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Developing a Malawi–South Africa value chain for industrial hemp: What are the challenges? August 2020

Diversifying the agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa is important for the combat against poverty and climate change...

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Solutions for designing better special economic zones programmes in Africa August 2020

Special economic zones (SEZ) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world...

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Turnin’ it up a notch: Can foreign direct investment help South Africa increase the complexity of its exports? August 2020

Since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s economic challenges have disrupted efforts to establish a society of inclusive growth and prosperity...

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Estimating tax gaps in the non-financial sector: A pathway to effective tax collection in South Africa August 2020

Many governments, particularly those in developing countries, have set an objective to improve tax revenue mobilization to offer more and better public services to their citizens...

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Beyond lockdown: rebuilding the social contract

Continued lockdown measures are straining the social contract between citizens and governments...

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Unmaking ‘Make in India’

The current government has attempted to improve India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators, but with limited success...

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