Opportunities to work with UNU-WIDER
Check out our exciting open opportunities - including a request for research proposals, and vacancies in our team
Request for research proposals: Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNU-WIDER have established a secure research lab in the premises of URA. Want to do research using quality-assured administrative tax data? See the Request for Research Proposals
Annual Report 2021
We look back at our key achievements over 2021 and highlight our recent contributions to the data revolution, SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions). Read more
Expert insights on Ukraine
Read expert commentary from the WIDER Network on the situation in Ukraine, drawing from research around the world. Read more
Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume fills a crucial gap in social mobility studies and provides the foundation for future research on social mobility in countries of the Global South. Download your copy today
Check out our research in brief
Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
VacanciesDigital Workplace Technician (GS-6)
UNU-WIDER is hiring a Digital Workplace Technician in Helsinki, Finland.
BlogConfronting low domestic savings in Africa
What are the linkages between national savings and sustainable economic growth? Why are there differences in the amounts of savings between different countries?...Informal work Developing countries Domestic savings
BlogDecent work – discussion on working conditions in Helsinki and globally
How committed is Helsinki to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals? The discussion forum at the City Hall on Tuesday addressed one of the goals, namely decent work and economic growth...Informal economy Decent Work SDG8
VacanciesAssociate Communications Officer (NPSA)
UNU-WIDER is hiring an Associate Communications Officer in Pretoria, South Africa.
Call for papersAnnual Jobs and Development conference
The 6th IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference takes place 14-15 December on The challenge of creating better jobs in developing countries.31 May 2022
VacanciesMonitoring & Evaluation Analyst (PSA)
UNU-WIDER is hiring Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst in Helsinki, Finland...
VacanciesResearch Fellow (P-2) - 2 positions
UNU-WIDER is hiring two Research Fellows in Pretoria, South Africa.
Journal Special IssueWhat sustains informality
SPECIAL ISSUE IN PRODUCTION | The special issue contributes significantly to critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants, how informal firms can grow their business and productivity, and the effects of labour mar...Informal work Informality Labour market
Request for research proposals18 May 2022 Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
BlogCan access to finance spur entrepreneurship in Indian informal sector?
Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship...India Informality Entrepreneurship
BlogSolving the puzzle of peace: Overcoming the curse of Finland
At The puzzle of peace conference in Helsinki, Adnan Khan, Chief Economist at the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, lamented what he called the ‘Curse of Finland’...
BlogSeeking asylum from nowhere— how origin shapes the context of reception
Afghanistan is the world’s newest nowhere , a predicament that will shape the evacuation and resettlement prospects for millions of people for the foreseeable future. What does it mean to call Afghanistan a ‘nowhere’?...Refugees Forced migration Global Governance and Conflict
ConferenceThe puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts
In 2022, UNU-WIDER hosts two WIDER Development Conferences, the first took place in Helsinki on 16–17 May 2022. Check the programme to find presentation slides and links to the posters prestented here . Across the two days, sessions covered a...
BlogDo elites capture foreign aid?
Does foreign aid end up in the pockets of elites instead of contributing to inclusive economic development?...Corruption Foreign aid Wealth inequality
BlogCould the war in Ukraine encourage Western leaders to finally deal with shadow finance?
' I say to the Russian oligarchs and the corrupt leaders who bilked billions of dollars off this violent regime: no more… We are coming for your ill-begotten gains.' – Joe Biden at the 1 March 2022, State of the Union Address One...Corruption
BlogThe war in Ukraine: Civilian vulnerability, resilience, and resistance
The current and future civilian impacts of the war in Ukraine are immense...
Working PaperExploring social policy trajectories in Mainland Tanzania: Driving for gender-inclusive development?
In July 2020, the United Republic of Tanzania gained the status of a lower-middle-income country. This came after two decades of significant social policy reforms and transformations in the country’s economic structures...Social policy Gender Tanzania
BlogA new way to approach economic growth in fragile contexts
Weak legal systems, complex regulations, dishonoured agreements, corruption, general disorder - these are just some of the challenges that development agencies working in fragile and conflict-affected states face...UNU-WIDER Annual Report Deals & Development Fragile states
ArticleUNU-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...COVID-19
BlogWhat does ‘promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth’ mean for everyday life?
Erica stands under a rudimentary market stall in Accra, Ghana, selling fruits — she has done this every day for 10 years now...Informal work Economic Transformation Database
BlogThe 2022 energy shock
The price and availability of energy is fundamental to the health of the global economy...Natural resources Energy resources Armed conflict
Journal ArticleThe impact of COVID-19 on consumption poverty in Mozambique
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | This study assesses the impact of COVID-19 on household consumption poverty. To predict changes in income and the associated effects on poverty, we rely on existing estimated macroeconomic impacts...COVID-19 Poverty Inequality
BlogDoes access to microfinance help or hinder women’s empowerment?
Almost everywhere, women are underrepresented in labour markets compared to men...Gender equality Gender equality; Labour markets Bangladesh