UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Catch up on recordings from the WIDER Webinar Series to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. More webinars to be announced soon!
Support COVID-19 research - take the survey today
UNU-WIDER has partnered up with a team of international researchers from across four institutes on an exciting and very timely research initiative to collect real time data on the coronavirus and its social and economic consequences.
Visit our YouTube channel
Want to catch up on our recent events? Find out what Nobel laureates Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz think about the SDGs? Click here to visit us on YouTube.
NewsPress release - AL 14
WIDER Annual Lecture 14: Reforming the International Monetary and Financial Architecture, by José Antonio Ocampo, New York, USAPublic goods International finance Financial stability
NewsPress release - AL20
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in partnership with the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) will host the WIDER Annual Lecture 20 at the Stockholm School of Economics on 23...Poverty Inequality Social protection
NewsPress Release - AL 15
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, Professor Justin Yifu Lin will deliver the WIDER Annual Lecture 15 entitled ‘New Structural Economics’, on Wednesday 4th May 2011 at 08:00-11:30hrs, at the Centro De Conferências Joaquim...Annual lecture Structural transformation Economic growth
NewsPress release - AL13
Professor Ronald Findlay, Author of 'Power and Plenty' at United Nations University — WIDERInternational trade Industrialization History (Economics)
NewsPress release: Fixing Latin America’s social protection system
On the evening of 30 October, Santiago Levy, main architect of Progresa/Oportunidades — Mexico's incentive-based health, nutrition and education programme for the poor — will deliver the 23rd WIDER Annual Lecture.
NewsPress release - Professor Kunal Sen starts as the director of UNU-WIDER
‘Economic transformation needs to be accompanied by political and social transformations if we are to see drastic increases in human wellbeing’SDGs Transformation Informality
NewsPress release - UNU-WIDER conference aims to improve global responses to crises
Experts available for press interviews on core crisis response issues Helsinki, Finland — Experts from around the world will gather this week at the ‘Responding to crises’ conference in Helsinki. The main goal of the event is to...
NewsPress Release: Nordic Ministers for Development Cooperation to Helsinki - Towards Closer Cooperation
Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto has invited his Nordic colleagues to Helsinki on 13–14 March. The purpose of the meeting is to enhance Nordic cooperation on development policy issues. The participants in the meetings will be...Development aid Fragile states Development finance
NewsPress Release: Book Launch and Seminar of Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses
UNU-WIDER Book launch and Seminar of Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses.Fragile states
NewsPress release - Global income inequality has declined in relative terms, but gone up substantially in absolute amounts
Helsinki, Finland – Researchers from United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) have found that during the last four decades global income inequality decreased substantially in ‘relative...
NewsPress Release: Top UN economists warn of crises of our own making if global “megatrends” left unchecked
To avoid future failures, new report calls for overhaul of the way policies are madeInequality Urbanization Climate change
NewsPress release: UNU-WIDER 30th Anniversary Conference brings together some of the world’s most eminent development experts
The conference brings together key academic figures such as Nobel laureates in economics Professors Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, as well as a new generation of researchers and practitioners.
NewsUNU-WIDER Ranked 6th in International Development by Global Think Tank Report
For the third year in a row the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is ranked in the top 10 of international development think tanks according to the 2012 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report,...Think tanks Rankings
NewsUN Selects Development Under Climate Change (DUCC) as a Project to Watch
The United Nations has announced that it has selected UNU-WIDER’s Development Under Climate Change (DUCC) project as ‘one to watch’ in its ‘Big Data Climate Challenge’ that is part of the build up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23...Water Big data Agriculture
NewsUNU-WIDER Moves Up to Sixth Place in the Global Development Think Tank Rankings
For the second year in a row the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) was ranked in the top ten of international development think tanks according to the 2011 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report. This...Think tanks Rankings