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30 Years of economics for development
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Public lecture: Global Crises and Entrepreneurial Incentives with Wim Naudé. New York, USA.
Conference Room C, Temporary North Lawn Building (TNLB) UN Headquarters, New York
24 June 2010 10:30 - 12:00
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Media Contact: Tchegoun Adebo Koba

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As part of UNU Worldwide Series, the United Nations University Office at the UN, New York (UNU-ONY) is organizing an event entitled 'Global Crises and Entrepreneurial Incentives' UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland.

In recent years a seemingly rising number of natural and human-made disasters have been impacting on global development. In this lecture, based on a two-year UNU-WIDER project into entrepreneurship and development, Wim Naudé will be exploring the extent to which the misallocation of entrepreneurial talent , due to inappropriate reward structures on global and national levels, may have exacerbated and even directly contributed to these disasters. Hence his lecture will consider entrepreneurial incentives in the contexts of earthquakes and droughts, conflicts over natural resources, the climate change challenge, and in the context of the recent global financial crisis. As entrepreneurs themselves may shape societies' rewards structures, he asks whether novel expressions of entrepreneurship, including social, public, institutional and non-state sovereign entrepreneurship need to be scaled up in order to address pressing global challenges.

With the Worldwide in New York Series, the United Nations University Office at the UN, New York, as part of its mandate, showcases the recent work of UNU Research and Training Centers/Programs (UNU-RTC/Ps) from around the world. In conjunction with other experts from different organizations, UNU researchers share new ideas and highlight new policy avenues in the areas of security, environment and development.


Wim Naudé, Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland.


Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of United Nations University office at the UN, New York

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Further reading:

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges, UNU Policy Brief available at

Vulnerability in Developing Countries, UNU Research Brief available at

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