Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Annual Report 2020
Read about how our research shifted to address the effects of the global pandemic in 2020. The annual report also looks back at some of the highlights from our history as we celebrate 35 years of UNU-WIDER and the power of the WIDER network.
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
73 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
SeminarEmmanuel Gyimah-Boadi and Joseph Asunka on Afrobarometer and SDG Scorecards
Journal ArticleNormalizing necessity?: Support networks and racial inequality in Namibia
Community support is a critical source to sustain livelihoods in the Global South. At the same time, these practices can exhibit unequal dynamics such as disincentives, hierarchies, or adverse inclusion of individuals...Inequality Race Social networks
Working PaperThe role of trust and of poverty in compliance with social distancing measures in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic
Since it began, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a number of challenges on Africa and the rest of the world...COVID-19 Trust Africa
Working PaperExploring economic support networks amidst racial inequality in Namibia
Community or interpersonal support as a critical source of livelihood sustenance in the Global South can exhibit unequal dynamics. An understanding of these practices is primarily tied to the conceptual space of poverty or small communities...Inequality Race Social networks
Working PaperEthnicity is not public service destiny: The political logic of service distribution in South Africa
Millions of South Africans in thousands of demonstrations have protested the unequal allocation of public services...Public service delivery Ethnicity Africa
Working PaperCrowding out effects of financial knowledge and attitude on risk preferences: Evidence from a least developed African country
Using hand-collected survey and experimental data, we examine the determinants of financial literacy as well as the link between self-reported risk and elicited risk preferences in a least developed African country, Guinea...Literacy Risk attitudes Africa
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at a UNU-WIDER conference
UNU-WIDER organized a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa on 11-12 February 2021. The preliminary results of an ongoing SOUTHMOD study were presented on the second day of the conference. The conference Development...
ConferenceDevelopment challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
BlogWhat does COVID-19 mean for Africa?: Challenges, but also opportunities
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an exceptional social and economic crisis all over the world, with Africa among the hardest-hit regions. What are the most acute challenges facing the continent during and after the pandemic?...COVID-19 Africa Africa's Economic Development
Working PaperResource rents in the diamond industry 2014–19: Rents, issues, methods, and data availability
The focus of this study is rent in the diamond industry...resource rent diamond Tax
Journal ArticleDecomposing learning inequalities in East Africa: How much does sorting matter?
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | Inequalities in learning opportunities arise from both household- and school-related factors...Africa Inequality of opportunities Sorting
Research BriefTechnology, tourism, malls, and metros: Promises and pitfalls of tradable services in Africa
There is growing recognition around the world that tradable services can play a valuable role in economic development. Africa is no exception, with the need for multiple routes to growth, particularly vis-à-vis the COVID-19 pandemic...Africa International trade South Africa
Working PaperBuilding malls or metros?: South Africa’s exports of tradable urban services to the rest of Africa
Service industries are increasingly important in international trade and offer additional paths to economic development. There are many opportunities to expand trade in services between South Africa and other African countries...Africa International trade South Africa
Background NoteCOVID-19 and socioeconomic impact in Africa: The case of Kenya
The COVID-19 pandemic has now spread to over 180 countries, including several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 1 Kenya reported its first COVID-19 case on 13 March 2020...COVID-19 Pandemic Africa
BlogWhen COVID-19 comes to Africa
There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected...COVID-19 Global health Africa
Journal ArticleLinked-in by FDI: The role of firm-level relationships for knowledge transfers in Africa and Asia
This study combines evidence from interviews in seven countries with (i) government institutions responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), (ii) 102 multinationals (MNEs), and (iii) 226 domestic firms linked to these foreign affiliat...Foreign Direct Investment Technology transfer Africa