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
Support COVID-19 research - take the survey today
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. Take part in the survey here, and share the link with your colleagues, friends and family! Read more
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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.
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 sources 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 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...