Capacity development is an integral part of knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer and is, as such, present throughout UNU-WIDER’s work programme.

UNU-WIDER has been increasing the number of its developing country research collaborators and is stepping up its engagement with younger researchers.


In September 2021, UNU-WIDER will run it's popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa as a self-paced learning experience with opportunities for interaction with other learners and a course instructor. This course outlines how industrial policy designed for the 21st century could support a broader set of economic activities and provide the growth, jobs and industrialization needed in Africa.

In Cape Town, South Africa

In 2019 UNU-WIDER launched a summer school programme on applied labour economics. UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at University of Cape Town (UCT), held the 2-week intensive UNU-WIDER Summer School on applied labour economics in Cape Town 18-29 November 2019.

In Helsinki, Finland

After being online in 2020 and 2021, the Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme will take place in Helsinki again in 2022 (provided it is possible to travel to Finland and work at the office is possible, otherwise it will take place online or in a hybrid mode). Details here.

Both the Visiting Scholars and the Visiting PhD Fellowship programmes have been re-invigorated and are linked closely to the research programme. Special attention is given to the inclusion of female and developing country researchers.

The WIDER Seminar Series — open to local and visiting researchers, policy makers, and others interested in development topics — is held on Wednesday afternoons at UNU-WIDER offices.