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30 Years of economics for development

Food price volatility is one of the major challenges facing current and future global food systems.This book edited by Per Pinstrup Andersen presents results from political economy studies of food price policy in 14 developing countries as well as the United States and the European Union.

The United Nations has announced that it has selected UNU-WIDER’s Development Under Climate Change (DUCC) project as ‘one to watch’ in its ‘Big Data Climate Challenge’ that is part of the build up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York.

The Big Data Climate Challenge is a global competition hosted by United Nations Global Pulse. Submissions were received from 40 countries, representing more than 20 topics from forestry, biodiversity, and transportation to renewable energy and green data centers. The ‘Projects to Watch’—chosen to highlight particularly innovative uses of big data in emerging topics and geographic regions—will be featured on the UN Climate Summit website.

The first installation of the new UNU-WIDER Policy Brief series examines the determinants of the recent decline of income inequality in Latin America

Some of you in the northern hemisphere may still be on your well-earned summer breaks. Here at UNU-WIDER we had a pause in July—for a very warm Finnish summer—after our very successful June conference in Hanoi. It is now full speed ahead for our conference on ‘Inequality: Measurement, Trends, Impacts and Policies’. Read more

The special issue of the Development Policy Review focuses on key governance challenges related to addressing gaps in urban service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.

WIID - the world income inequality database

The WIID v3.0A extends the database by 2000 observations on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. The database and its documentation are available here.

ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid
The ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid programme produced 247 original studies. It provides evidence on what does and could work in development, and what can be transferred and scaled up.

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