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Policy briefs


These are summaries of projects and manuscripts that present clear and concise research findings and highlight policy measures.

The list includes the WIDER Policy Brief series (ISSN 1455-9609). The complete UNU Policy Brief series (ISSN 1814-8026 online) comprises titles originating from UNU Centre in Tokyo and the UNU Research and Training Centres and Programmes network, and thus covers a broad range of topics and subject areas, beyond development economics. There is also a UNU Research Brief series (ISSN 1816-5796 online) that offers 'work in progress' summaries published to provide timely updates. The full list, download links, and details about requesting printed copies can be found at UNU publications.

07/2013Danielle Resnick

Democratic Trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid

04/2013Wim Naudé, Tilman Brück and Philip VerwimpBusiness and the Barrel of a Gun: Understanding Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries
03/2013Augustin Kwasi FosuAchieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World
02/2013Wim Naudé and Adam SzirmaiIndustrial Policy for Development
01/2013Augustin Kwasi FosuDevelopment Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries
01/2012Wim NaudéWhat is the (New) Deal with Fragile States?
01/2011Wim Naudé, Adam Szirmai and Micheline GoedhuysInnovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
06/2010Amelia U. Santos-Paulino and Guanghua WanThe Global Impact of the Southern Engines of Growth: China, India, Brazil and South Africa
05/2010Amelia U. Santos-PaulinoEnhancing Development through Policy Coherence
04/2010  Wim Naudé 

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges

03/2010Machiko Nissanke and Erik ThorbeckeLinking the Globalization to Poverty in Asia, Latin America and Africa
03/2009Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Wim NaudéPolicy Responses to the Global Economic Crisis in Africa
02/2009Wim NaudéThe Global Economic Crisis after One Year: Is a New Paradigm for Recovery in Developing Countries Emerging?
04/2008Guanghua Wan 万广华中国的反贫困:仅有高经济增长够吗? (Chinese)
04/2008Guanghua WanPoverty Reduction in China: Is High Growth Enough?
03/2008Wim Naudé, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, and Mark McGillivrayFragile States
02/2008Wim Naudé, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, and Mark McGillivrayVulnerability in Developing Countries
01/2008Basudeb Guha-KhasnobisCan We Eradicate Hunger?
06/2007Ha-Joon ChangStranger than Fiction? Understanding Institutional Changes and Economic Development
05/2007Wim Naudé and Marianne MattheeThe Significance of Transport Costs in Africa
03/2007David Clark and Mark McGillivrayMeasuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons
02/2007Machiko Nissanke and Erik ThorbeckeLinking Globalization to Poverty
07/2006Andrés SolimanoMobilizing Talent for Global Development
05/2006Tony Addison, Alan Roe, and Matthew SmithFiscal Policy for Poverty Reduction, Reconstruction, and Growth
04/2005David FieldingWhat can the European Central Bank learn from Africa?
03/2005Ravi Kanbur and Anthony J. VenablesRising Spatial Disparities and Development
01/2005David FieldingZone franc : l'expérience africaine peut-elle inspirer la Banque centrale européenne? (French)
10/2004A. B. AtkinsonNew Sources of Development Finance: Funding the Millennium Development Goals
09/2004Matthew OdedokunSustainability of External Development Financing to Developing Countries
08/2004Christina Boswell and Jeff CrispPoverty, International Migration and Asylum 
07/2003Matthew Clarkee-development? Development and the New Economy 
06/2003Tony AddisonAfrica's Recovery from Conflict: Making Peace Work for the Poor
06/2003Tony AddisonA Recuperação de África após os Conflitos: Levar aos Pobres os Benefícios da Paz (Portuguese)
06/2003Tony AddisonL'Afrique de la guerre à la paix: garantir l'avenir des populations pauvres (French)
05/2002Deepak Nayyar and Julius CourtGoverning Globalization: Issues and Institutions 
04/2001Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Julius CourtInequality, Growth and Poverty in the Era of Liberalization and Globalization
03/2001Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth SadouletAccess to Land and Land Policy Reforms 
02/1999Jeni KlugmanSocial and Economic Policies to Prevent Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Lessons from Experience
01/1998Patrick Humphreys and Matti PaloForests in Global Warming