NEW PROJECT: Institutional legacies of violent conflict
This project seeks to increase understanding among policymakers, academics and practitioners of how institutional dynamics that develop during violent conflicts shape state-building and economic development trajectories in the long run. More
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK: Inequality in the Developing World
Inequality has emerged as a key development challenge. This book contributes to this important discussion by presenting assessments of the measurement and analysis of global inequality by leading inequality scholars. Read more
Have you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
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SeminarToward a Better Deal for Informal Workers: A Paradigm Shift Post-COVID
Call for papersWIDER 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.
SeminarBruno Martorano on protests and social mobilization during the COVID-19 pandemic
NewsFindings from new GGDC/UNU-WIDER database grab attention of academia and media Economic Transformation Database Economic transformation Deindustrialization
LearningOnline 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...
BlogA 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
BlogIs 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
BlogGhana'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
BlogEcuador’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
BlogWhy 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 PaperThe 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 PaperDo 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
BlogMotherhood 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
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...
Working PaperTowards 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
BlogPersistent 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
BlogSupply 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
BlogThe paths and legacies of civil war
Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks , political identities , preferences , and attitudes ...Civil conflict Peacebuilding Institutions
DatabaseETD – 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
BlogOur 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
BlogA ‘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
ConferenceCOVID-19 and development - effects and new realities for the Global South
Request for research proposalsDetecting 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...
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong web and systems development skills to join the institute’s ICT Team.
BlogThe 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 PaperBan 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
BlogUsing 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...
NewsCall 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