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30 Years of economics for development

Research Programme 2010-13

In its work programme since 2010, UNU-WIDER presents what is perhaps its most ambitious programme to date—in the proposed research projects (which will require us to bring together different disciplines to address the concrete development issues we have identified as priorities), in new twinning relationships with institutions in the South, and in new training activities. But for a programme that starts in the Institute's 25th anniversary year, and in a world faced with massive challenges and no easy solutions, it is fitting that UNU-WIDER, as an institute of the United Nations University, seeks to make a distinctive contribution: one that aims, with partners from the South and North, to find solutions to the most critical policy problems on the basis of rigorous and insightful social science research.

1. ReCom – Research and Communication on Foreign Aid 

     Themes under ReCom (below links to Working Papers by theme)

     Growth and Employment
     Governance and Fragility
     Social Sectors
     Gender Equality
     Environment and Climate Change 

     Sub-projects under ReCom

     Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery: Implications for Foreign Aid
     Foreign Aid and Democracy in Africa
     Building State Capability through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)
     Experimental and Non-Experimental Methods to Study Government Performance:
     Contributions and Limits

 2.  Development under Climate Change

      The Middle East, North Africa, and Climate change

 3.  Land inequality and Decentralized Governance in LDCs

 4.  Learning to Compete (L2C): Accelerating Industrial Development in Africa

      The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Survey

 5.  New Approaches to Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability

 6.  New Directions in Development Economics

      An Energy Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Vietnam

 7.  The Political Economy of Food Price Policy

 8.  The New Policy Model, Inequality and Poverty in Latin America:
      Evidence from the Last Decade and Prospects for the Future

 9.  Africa's Emerging Middle-Class

10. Prospects for Africa's Youth

11. Reconciling Africa’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Trends (GAPP)

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