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Rescuer holds a hand of a student survivor buried under the rubble of the three-storey La Promesse College, killing several people and injuring many more, in a suburban shantytown. Port au Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Marco Dormino.

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UNU-WIDER's mandate

To undertake multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on structural changes affecting the living conditions of the world's poorest people.

To provide a forum for professional interaction and the advocacy of policies leading to robust, equitable and environmentally sustainable growth.

To promote capacity strengthening and training for scholars and government officials in the field of economic and social policy making.