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30 Years of economics for development

WIDERAngle May 2015

From the Editor’s Desk

Tony Addison

May is always a hopeful month. With 18 hours of daylight we are all perky—especially the seagulls who swarm around Helsinki harbour. Here at UNU-WIDER the communications team is busy with the new website which will roll out later in the year. The publications team is pushing out new working papers (nearly 50 so far this year) as well as special issues of journal (open access!) and books. The support staff is working very hard to keep the institute humming. Full article

The future of development – aid and beyond

Myles Wickstead

The end of the Cold War and a strengthened focus on poverty reduction as the key objective of development found expression in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000. The over-arching goal of halving the proportion of people living in absolute poverty by 2015 has been achieved. Many more children, girls as well as boys, are attending primary school. At the same time fewer mothers are dying in child-birth and many more of their children are surviving beyond their fifth birthday. Full article

Institutions and impact – Some reflections on the UNU-WIDER method

Roger Williamson

I have spent much of the last two years working on behalf of UNU-WIDER engaged in thinking about these two issues, but only on this current trip to Toronto, to interview Professor Gerry Helleiner with my colleague Annett Victorero, have I seen that institutional memory  and impact are part of the same struggle -  to use development economics to bring about good change for the poorest in our world. Full article


Burkina Faso – Growth without poverty reduction 

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, poor in natural resources, and with low levels of human development. Its economy remains agricultural and focused on food crops and cotton production. Over the last twenty years it has experienced average annual growth of around 2 per cent. However, poverty rates have remained unchanged. Burkina Faso’s growth was mainly agricultural and driven by the expansion of arable land, not productivity enhancements, trapping a large segment of the population in poverty. Full article

Determining the impact of rising food prices on children's nutrition in Mozambique

Evidence obtained from detailed housing surveys in Mozambique during the 2008-09 food price shock reveals just how pronounced the impact of food price inflation can be on children’s overall nutrition status. Full article


The political economy of food price policy - an interview with Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Roger Williamson

In this interview, Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks about the international project which has culminated in the book Food Price Policy in an Era of Market InstabilityWatch interview here


Aid and global governance

Rolph van der Hoeven

Discussion of aid, both its level and effectiveness, overwhelmingly focuses on issues of national economic management. This is the approach taken, for example, in the World Bank’s major 1998 report, Assessing Aid. But aid cannot be seen in isolation from the issue of global governance; the efforts of poor countries to develop, and therefore the effectiveness of aid to them, can often be undermined by global events over which they have little control. Full article

WIDERAngle newsletter
April 2015
ISSN 1238-9544

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