What is research impact?
This page documents cases where we believe our research and communication activities have had an impact on the wider world of development. UNU-WIDER aims not only to create high-quality policy relevant research, but also to ensure that this research is shared with those who set the course of development policy. Our three core audiences, researchers, international development agencies, and national decision-makers, all rely on accurate and timely information to get their job done. We aim to provide that information in as many forms as possible, through events, the press, videos, social media, and our publications.
222 impact pages
In the mediaMany workers in India’s informal sector in dead-end jobs – findings of new study featured in national news
In a new WIDER Working Paper Transitions between informal and formal jobs in India – patterns, correlates, and consequences , researchers from UNU-WIDER, Sikkim University, and the University of Manchester show that despite high economic...
BlogWhy 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...global poverty Aid policy
BlogAn interview with José Antonio Ocampo: Why is 'Resetting the international monetary (non)system' one of the most popular economic titles at Oxford University Press?
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 ...International Monetary Fund IMF History (Monetary policy)
NewsPress release: Survey finds the manufacturing sector remains instrumental for Myanmar’s economic growth and transformation
YANGON, MYANMAR and HELSINKI, FINLAND – A new report published by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) and the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) says that Myanmar’s manufacturing sector...Myanmar Myanmar enterprises monitoring system MEMS
In the mediaThe cost of the pandemic to the poor – media on new research on impact of COVID-19 on global poverty
In a new paper , researchers from UNU-WIDER, Kings College London, and the Australian National University confirmed recent estimates on the shocking impact of COVID-19 on global poverty. They called on global leaders to take urgent action to avert a...
NewsPress release: COVID-19 could drive global poverty back over one billion people as the world’s poorest face up to US$500 million per day in lost income
In dramatic new numbers researchers estimate that extreme poverty could spike as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on the day the postponed meeting of the world’s richest nations, the G7, should have finished. The researchers are now calling...COVID-19 global poverty SDG1
NewsUNU-WIDER congratulates Deepak Nayyar on appointment to IDS board
Deepak Nayyar, long-time supporter of UNU-WIDER and former chair of the WIDER Board, has been appointed as chair of the Board of Trustees at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Professor Nayyar has played a significant role in UNU-WIDER...
In the mediaPoverty estimates featured in worldwide media
In a recent paper for UNU-WIDER, economists estimated that close to half a billion people could fall into poverty as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would set back progress on ending poverty by at least a decade. In some countries,...
NewsPress Release: COVID-19 fallout could push half a billion people into poverty in developing countries
New research published by UNU-WIDER today warns that the economic fallout from the global pandemic could increase global poverty by as much as half a billion people, or 8% of the total human population. This would be the first time that poverty has...
BlogWill COVID-19 lead to half a billion more people living in poverty in developing countries?
The impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries are starting to be felt. The Economist went as far as to call it the ‘next calamity’ , noting how overlooked the impact on poorer countries has been...COVID-19 poverty and consumption
Working PaperEstimates of the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty
In this paper we make estimates of the potential short-term economic impact of COVID-19 on global monetary poverty through contractions in per capita household income or consumption...global poverty COVID-19 SDGs