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Poster WIEGO event on informal workers and COVID-19 Toward a Better Deal for Informal Workers: A Paradigm Shift Post-COVID
13 April 2021
Online, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Call for papers
WIDER Development Conference: COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South

The 2021 WIDER Development Conference will take place online during 6-8 September 2021. The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 April 2021 23:59 UTC+2.

Closing date: 15 April 2021
Application submissions
WIDER-Webinar-image from UNDP-Bangladesh-COVID19 Bruno Martorano on protests and social mobilization during the COVID-19 pandemic
27 April 2021 16:0017:00
Online, Helsinki
Open for registration
Findings from new GGDC/UNU-WIDER database grab attention of academia and media Economic Transformation Database Economic transformation Deindustrialization
Online PhD Fellowship – an opportunity to further your thesis with an international research institute

In 2021 the UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme will be delivered online. The programme gives registered doctoral students the opportunity to utilize the resources and knowledge available within UNU-WIDER to support their PhD dissertation or...

Zoom call with coffee / Chris Montgomery - Unsplash
A world of protest

That we are living in an era of popular protest is undeniable. A quick survey of headlines from around the world — or better yet, your social media feed — reveals countless uprisings unfolding in real time...

Social conflict Good governance Social movement
Is sexual violence a driver of the early marriage of girls in India?

Marriage at a younger age, generally before the legal age of marriage, is a pervasive practice in many parts of the world...

Child Marriage Women's empowerment Crime
Ghana's lockdown hit vulnerable workers hard: What needs to happen next time

Coronavirus lockdowns brought the world to a standstill. Rules on hygiene and social distancing have reshaped daily life, schools and businesses had been closed, and gatherings banned...

COVID-19 Lockdown Employment
Ecuador’s social protection system failed during the pandemic: It needs a rethink

Household incomes in Ecuador were badly hit by the pandemic, despite the government’s emergency grant to families...

COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Why do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?

One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...

Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
Working Paper
The livelihood impacts of COVID-19 in urban South Africa: A view from below

This paper investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related policy measures on livelihoods in urban South Africa...

COVID-19 Welfare dynamics Lockdown
Working Paper
Do pandemics lead to rebellion? Policy responses to COVID-19, inequality, and protests in the USA

This paper analyses how inequality across counties in the United States of America has shaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the incidence of protests...

COVID-19 Lockdown protest
Motherhood and the gender gap in Latin America

Gender gaps in labour supply, income, and wages are still large despite the remarkable convergence of roles of men and women in labour markets over the last century...

Gender Motherhood Women's work
UNU-WIDER ongoing work on the effect of COVID-19 on the economies, states, and societies of the Global South

It is clear that COVID-19 will have serious implications for economies, states, and societies of the Global South. At UNU-WIDER we are reorienting our work to think through what those implications are and possible mitigation and adaptation measures...

Working Paper
Towards sustainable livelihood in the Tanzanian informal economy: Facilitating inclusion, organization, and rights for street vendors

In spite of having some intensive national strategies to address poverty, Tanzania lacks a coherent national strategy to ensure sustainable livelihoods for those working in its informal economy, of which street vending is an important sector...

Tanzania Livelihoods Informal sector
Persistent gender roles in South Africa deprive women of leisure time

In most countries, traditional gender roles within the household are still common due to the prevalence and persistence of patriarchal systems...

South Africa Women's empowerment Women's labour force participation
Supply or demand? Exploring the mechanisms behind the rise of female labour force participation in Mexico

At the global level, gender gaps in labour force participation have narrowed and over half a billion women have joined the workforce in the last 30 years...

Women's work Female labour force participation Economics
The paths and legacies of civil war

Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks , political identities , preferences , and attitudes ...

Civil conflict Peacebuilding Institutions
ETD – Economic Transformation Database

Open and free to use, the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database (ETD) provides comprehensive, long-term, and internationally comparable sectoral data on employment and productivity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The ETD covers:...

Economic transformation Employment Productivity
Blue lights over a city
Our project on the institutional legacies of violent conflict

One of the most critical challenges in international development today is to understand how best to support peace, security, economic recovery, and legitimate political authority in fragile and conflict-affected countries...

Institutions Conflict Post-conflict
A ‘data revolution’ for sustainable development leaves gaps on inequality

Among the many things said about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the description by the President of the UN General Assembly’s 70 th session, Mogens Lykketoft, that the SDGs represented ‘an unprecedented statistical challenge&...

Inequality Quantitative research methodology Qualitative research methodology
a health worker, in action at the Mpilo Central Hospita - KB Mpofu / ILO COVID-19 and development - effects and new realities for the Global South
6 September 2021 09:008 September 2021 19:00
Request for research proposals
Detecting and countering illicit financial flows

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) together with Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen invite proposals for papers examining the challenge of illicit financial flows. The...

Closing date: 15 March 2021
Web Developer

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong web and systems development skills to join the institute’s ICT Team.

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/WD/53
Open until position is filled
Apply here
The developer’s dilemma in India – the role of politics and economic ideology

Policy makers seeking inclusive growth frequently face the developer’s dilemma between prioritizing structural transformation, which is potentially inequitable, and keeping a check on rising economic inequality...

Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
Working Paper
Ban on female migrant workers: Skills-differentiated evidence from Sri Lanka

This study examines the skills-differentiated impact of a restrictive female labour migration policy in Sri Lanka using monthly departure data from 2012 to 2018 in a difference-in-difference model...

Labour migration Employment Women
Using tax data to inform economic policy in South Africa

Countries need data and evidence to create, amend, and evaluate policy. Indeed, one of the key mandates of policy makers in South Africa is to make evidence-based policy decisions which improve the policy landscape of the country...

Call for participation: Life with Corona survey round 2

Life with Corona, a global survey tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world has just been released with updated questions.

COVID-19 Trust Pandemic