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Call for Papers:
Inclusive Growth in Africa: Measurement, Causes, and Consequences 20-21 September 2013, Helsinki, Finland



Submit application for call for papers, the call is open until
1 April 2013.

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Call for Papers:
Aid and Gender Equality theme under the ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid programme




Submit application for call for papers, the call is open until
11 March 2013.


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Article: ‘Firm-Level Corruption in Vietnam’ by  John Rand and Finn Tarp third most most-accessed article published in Economic Development and Cultural Change last year. 

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ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid: New web site on Research and Communication Launched


Aid to the Social Sector - ReCom results meeting will take place on 13 March in Sida, Stockholm. Register to participate or for the webcast here.


Watch WIDER Annual Lecture 16

‘Folk and the Formula—Pathways to Capable States’

by Professor Lant Pritchett

27 September 2012, Helsinki, Finland


ReCom Results meeting: Jobs—Aid at Work

was held 8 October 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Video of the event, contributors bios and papers, programme and much more info still available at www.wider.unu.edu/recomjobs.

Go directly to videos of the event.

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See videos from the conference on Climate Change and Development Policy

28—29 September 2012, Helsinki, Finland 

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Development Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries

Edited by Augustin K. Fosu

Development Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries 


What lessons can be learnt from 'developed' countries that might be useful for developing and emerging economies? With an emphasis on long-term growth and development, this book provides historical accounts of the development strategies of a select set of advanced countries. Each case study typically presents the country's 'successes' and the root causes of those successes. Organized into three parts, it covers four of the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden), other industrially advanced countries (Japan, Ireland, and Switzerland), and transition economies (Czech, Hungary, and Poland). Although the book stresses that development strategies are, by and large, country and context-specific, the historical accounts are full of recurrent themes, which should provide useful lessons for developing countries and emerging economies. 


Editorial by Nordic Africa Institute on Development Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries

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All UNU-WIDER books published by Oxford University Press are currently available to WIDERAngle readers at an exclusive 20% discount by clicking here

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Prize for development work in 2012

The report Pengar i handen: sociala trygghetssystem som metod att bekämpa fattigdom och hunger (Money in hand: social protection systems as a method to combat poverty and hunger), edited by Gunnel Axelsson Nycander, has been awarded the Swedish Development Forum’s prize for development work in 2012. The report has a chapter by UNU-WIDER Fellow Miguel Niño-Zarazúa entitled ‘Mexiko: ett av flera nationella program i Latinamerika’ (Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades and the emergence of social assistance in Latin America, a version of which is available here).

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The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. This year, the 2012 Global Development Awards and Medals competition (AMC) will focus on the research theme of Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth.

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From the Editor’s Desk

Tony Addison
We start the new year at a fast pace, preparing for the ReCom results meeting on ‘Aid and the Social Sectors’ in Stockholm on 13th March, and the development conference in June on ‘Learning to Compete: Industrial Development and Policy in Africa’. Meanwhile, it was announced last week that UNU-WIDER maintains its position in the top ten of the international development category in the Global Think Tank Report at number 6 (the position we held last year). It’s just as well that the snow (a lot), and temperatures that range from -20oc to -5oc, keep us mostly indoors, and hard at work. Full article

© UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

Aid to the Social Sector - ReCom results meeting will take place on 13 March in Sida,  Stockholm. Photo: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran


To Aid or Not to Aid? The Case of Rwanda, DFID, and the Good Aid Debate

Omar Shahabudin McDoom
What should donors do when confronted with regimes that violate important normative standards of state behavior and commit human rights abuses, war crimes or other grave ethical transgressions? During the Cold War, instrumental use of aid to support strategic foreign policy objectives provoked little controversy if it supported allies whose behaviour affronted morally. Today, however, ethical concerns whose roots lie in primarily Western conceptions of justice and liberty find stronger expression in public opinion and civil society. Indeed, human rights are likely to be part of the post-2015 development agenda. Taxpayer-funded support for illegitimate and repressive regimes faces much stronger scrutiny now, especially in times of austerity at home. Full article


Youth Employment: A Key Issue

Carl-Gustav Lindén
Economist Imed Drine recently left UNU-WIDER and headed with his family for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to take up a new position as a senior economist with the Islamic Development Bank. Senior communications specialist Carl-Gustav Lindén had a chat with Tunisian-born Imed before he left Helsinki, a city he learned to like a lot during his four-year stay in Finland. Full article 

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What Does it Mean to be in the Middle? Mobility and Vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean

Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva [1]

The concept of social class and specifically middle class, has been widely discussed in sociology and other social sciences, but mostly ignored in modern economics. In practice, the middle class has been defined in terms of income, consumption patterns, occupational status, or even by using self-identification. Regardless of which definition is used, the measurement of middle class is dependent on a particular period and place, and it is determined by several factors, such as history, culture and the development stage of a society. Full article 

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Can the coordination of aid cut costs for donors?

To what extent can donor coordination cut costs and improve the allocation of aid?
In the WIDER Working Paper 'International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid', Arne Bigsten and Sven Tengstam address this question. First, they examine the effect greater donor coordination could have on four key dimensions of the Paris Declaration: harmonization, ownership, alignment, and accountability. Second, they provide an analysis of the cost-savings and increases in aid efficiencies that greater donor coordination could provide. Full article

The Fungibility Problem: Budget Support, Aid on Delivery or Project Aid?

Do different aid modalities really make a difference for how aid is spent?
One persistent concern raised during discussions of whether aid effectively promotes the goals of donors is fungibility—that is the possibility that aid is used in ways not intended by donors when disbursing the funds. It could be used to lower taxes, to fund projects in a different sector, or simply to line the pockets of corrupt officials. In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Fungibility and the Choice of Aid Modalities: The Red Herring Revisited’ Stefan Leiderer looks at three different aid modalities and assesses the impact each has on aid fungibility. Full article

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Jobs drive development: An interview with Martin Rama

Martin Rama from The World bank discusses the process behind the World Development Report 2013 on jobs, which he directed. He emphasises jobs should not be seen as an afterthought of growth or mere inputs for production. Jobs are a condition of possibility for many development goals including functional cities, gender equality, peace building and much more. The focus for development work now should be in the creation of good quality jobs.

The interview was conducted by Carl-Gustav Linden during the ReCom results meeting titled ‘Jobs- Aid at Work’ late 2012.


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Call for Papers:


UNU-WIDER Conference - Learning to Compete: Industrial Development and Policy in Africa.
Helsinki, Finland 24-25 June 2013 

UNU-WIDER Conference - Inclusive Growth in Africa: Measurement, Causes, and Consequences.
Helsinki, Finland 20-21 September 2013


Seminar: Evaluating the Impact of Training in a National Microfinance Program: Self Help Groups in India
30 January 2013

Project meeting: Growth and Poverty Project (GAPP). Second authors' meeting. Helsinki, Finland
28 January 2013

UNU-WIDER Seminar: Global Crisis and the Impact on Emerging Economies by Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics of the World Bank. Held in Helsinki, Finland 26 November 2012


UNU-WIDER Special Issue: Entrepreneurship and Conflict Journal of Conflict Resolution
Edited by Tilman Brück, Wim Naudé and Philip Verwimp

Book: Achieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World
Edited by Augustin K. Fosu

Book: Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms
Edited by Adam Szirmai, Wim Naudé, and Ludovico Alcorta

Book: Development Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries
Edited by Augustin K. Fosu

Journal: Review of Development Economics Special Issue: Climate Change and Economic Development
Guest Editors: Channing Arndt, Paul Chinowsky, Ken Strzepek, Finn Tarp, and James Thurlow

Book: The Role of Elites in Economic Development
Edited by the late Alice H. Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, and James A. Robinson

Article: The Political Economy of Green Growth: Cases from Southern Africa 
Danielle Resnick, Finn Tarp, James Thurlow

WIDER Working Papers 2013

Ties that bind: The kin system as a mechanism of income-hiding between spouses in rural Ghana
Carolina Castilla January WP/2013/007

Livelihood decisions under the shadow of conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
Muhammad Badiuzzaman, John Cameron, and Syed Mansoob Murshed January WP/2013/006

Growth of African economies: Productivity, policy syndromes, and the importance of institutions
Augustin Kwasi Fosu January WP/2013/005

Aid as a catalyst for pioneer investment
Paul Collier January WP/2013/004

Who’s the alien?: Xenophobia in post-apartheid South Africa
Marguerite Duponchel January WP/2013/003

The political economy of food price policy: The case of Bangladesh
Selim Raihan January WP/2013/002

The political economy of food price: The case of Ethiopia
Assefa Admassie January WP/2013/001

WIDER Working Papers 2012 

Aid Distribution and Co-operation in Unequal Communities
Ben D’Exelle, and Marrit van den Berg WP/111

Do People in Income Poverty Use Their Income Efficiently?: A subjective well-being approach
Mariano Rojas WP/110

Economic Governance: Improving the economic and regulatory environment for supporting private sector activity
Colin Kirkpatrick WP/108

Development Aid and Employment
Rolph van der Hoeven WP/107

Predicting Violence within Genocides: Meso-level evidence from Rwanda
Omar Shahabudin McDoom WP/106

Infrastructure and Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations for South Africa
Paul S. Chinowsky; Amy E. Schweikert; Niko L. Strzepek; Kenneth R. Strzepek; and Kyle P. Kwiatkowski WP/105

It’s All About MeE: Using Structured Experiential Learning (‘e’) to Crawl the Design Space
Lant Pritchett, Salimah Samji and Jeffrey Hammer WP/104

International Organizations in Development and Global Inequality: The example of the World Bank’s pension policy
Martin Koch WP/103

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in South Africa
Johann F. Kirsten WP/102

How Close Does the Apple Fall to the Tree? Some Evidence on Intergenerational Occupational Mobility from India
Sripad Motiram and Ashish SinghWP/101

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: The Case of Zambia
Antony Chapoto WP/100

Information on all UNU-WIDER publications is available on our website: http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/ 

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