Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
VideoUNU-WIDER Interview Series: Michael Woolcock
Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, the World Bank, discusses the concept and routes to aid effectiveness, capability traps, governance and gives advice for future research on development issues for students of these subjects. The...
VideoUNU-WIDER Interview Series: Scott Hubli
The intricate dynamic between foreign aid to Africa, democratic transitions and consolidation is the topic of a series of research papers being published under the ReCom Governance & Fragility theme . In this interview we speak to K. Scott Hubli...
VideoUNU-WIDER Interview Series: David Richards
The intricate dynamic between foreign aid to Africa, democratic transitions and consolidation is the topic of a series of research papers being published under the ReCom Governance & Fragility theme...
VideoWIDER: a history - an interview with Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen recounts the genesis of the term WIDER. He explains how it was more than just the name of the institution but also stood for its outlook. It was going to take a different approach from other institutions at the time and not limit itself...
VideoUNU-WIDER Interview Series: Professor Lant Pritchett
An interview with Professor Lant Pritchett from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, conducted during his visit to Helsinki to deliver a presentation titled 'It’s a Deals World: The Dynamics of Capitalism with Weak...
VideoUNU-WIDER Interview Series: Nicolas van de Walle
The intricate dynamic between foreign aid to Africa, democratic transitions and consolidation is the topic of a series of research papers being published under the ReCom Governance & Fragility theme this spring. In this interview we speak to...
VideoThe African Energy Futures project - an interview with Channing Arndt
Channing Arndt , in this interview, provides an introduction and overview into the project on 'African Energy Futures'. Africa is well endowed with sun, wind and hydropower – but these potential resources are unevenly distributed. This...Energy infrastructure Renewable energy Power systems
VideoModelling Potential African Energy Futures - an interview with Yohannes Gebretsadik
Yohannes Gebretsadik (MIT) is working on an approach to modelling which will combine water resource modelling with an energy model and an economic model. Climate change is now widely recognized as a major threat and it is essential to evaluate how...Climate change Renewable energy sources Energy infrastructure
VideoGrowth and social welfare - an interview with Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen discusses the issue of growth and social welfare. He asserts that growth is valued not for itself but as an instrument for human beings to enable them to do those things that they care about. It is also closely related to social welfare...
VideoEquality and growth – an interview with Amartya Sen
Using Indian historical context as an example, Amartya Sen explains the importance of equality to growth. Investment in public policies such as education and healthcare leads to economic growth because growth is dependent on the quality of human...
VideoDevelopment aid and democracy in Africa - an interview with Danielle Resnick
UNU-WIDER Fellow and ReCom programme Governance and Fragility theme leader Danielle Resnick explains the logic and findings of the research project 'Foreign Aid and Democracy in Africa'.
VideoThe political economy of food price policy - an interview with Per Pinstrup-Andersen
The interview provides information on how the project was set up and the key issues discussed. It also looks at the continuing relevance of the findings of the project, and discusses WIDER’s way of working. Per Pinstrup-Andersen coordinated...
VideoRegional Integration and the Role of Supermarkets - an interview with Reena das Nair
In this interview, Reena das Nair of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) provides information about research on supermarket value chains in Southern Africa. The focus is on supermarket chains from South Africa and...Regional economics Strategic planning Supply and demand
VideoRegional Integration and Mining Value Chains - an interview with Judith Fessehaie
Judith Fessehaie of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) outlines the research on regional mining value chains, focussed on her work in Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Fessehaie also argues that a...