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
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Working PaperConstitutional social and environmental human rights and child health outcomes in Latin American countries
This paper analyses the health-improving effects of introducing four different constitutional social and environmental human rights (health, free education, adequate living (or welfare), and environment) and the American Convention on Human Rights (A...Human rights Constitutional economics Comparative economics
Journal ArticleAid and policy preferences in oil-rich countries: comparing Indonesia and Nigeria
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid to Support Fragile StatesComparative economics Economic assistance and foreign aid Natural resources
Research BriefPolicy processes and the global food price crisis 2007-08
The recent food price crisis and the responses of the policy makers in developing countries provide an unprecedented opportunity to analyse the policy processes in these countries...Accounting Aeronautics, Commercial Agriculture
BlogUNU-WIDER Inequality Conference 2014: Country Comparisons and Conceptual Approaches
18 December 2014 Roger Williamson In an earlier article I reviewed a number of the high-profile contributions to the September 2014 conference on inequality . It is now time to dig deeper into the material presented at the event...Comparative economics Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
Journal ArticleAid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: What Do We Know? What Can Comparative Analysis Add?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesComparative economics Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Journal Special IssueAid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: Findings from Comparative Cases
Why and how some states transition successfully from fragile to more robust—and some do not—are both topical and age-old questions...Comparative economics Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogNew Structural Economics – An Interview with Justin Lin
27 August 2014 In this interview Justin Lin , Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, talks about how the state can enable the process of structural transformation of the economy, how to fund the necessary investments of this transformation...Comparative economics Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperAsian Donor Support for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Comparative Experience, Challenges, and Opportunities
Since the 1990s, gender mainstreaming has been a widely accepted strategy for promoting gender equality within governments, multilateral agencies, and development NGOs, although critics continue to question its premises and results...Comparative economics Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Working PaperAchieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World
This paper provides a synthesis of successful strategies and implied lessons for development success, employing at least six themes on in-depth case studies of a large number of developing countries around the world...Comparative economics Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Journal ArticleA Model of Destructive Entrepreneurship: Insight for Conflict and Postconflict Recovery
Part of Journal Special Issue Entrepreneurship and ConflictComparative economics Economic development Entrepreneurship
Book ChapterCountry Role Models of Development Success: Lessons from China and India
From the book: Achieving Development SuccessComparative economics Economic development Economic policy
Book ChapterAchieving Development Success: Synthesis of Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World
From the book: Achieving Development SuccessComparative economics Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Book ChapterLessons from Transition Economies: Putting the Success Stories of the Post-communist World into a Broader Perspective
From the book: Development SuccessComparative economics Economic development Economic policy
Journal ArticlePoverty Reduction and Economic Structure: Comparative Path Analysis for Mozambique and Vietnam
While economic growth generally reduces income poverty, there are pronounced differences in the strength of this relationship across countries...Comparative economics Mathematical models Poverty
Journal ArticleCan Africa Industrialise?
Africa needs structural change to sustain growth. Industry with and without smoke stacks is key, but Africa has deindustrialised since the 1970s. Can Africa industrialise? Rising costs and domestic demand in Asia offer an opportunity...Comparative economics Industrial policy