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.
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
35 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Panel discussionHow to get inclusive growth started in fragile contexts
Working PaperThe legacy of conflict: aggregate evidence from Sierra Leone
This paper studies the general equilibrium impact of civil war in Sierra Leone. I first use an instrumental variable (IV) strategy and geographic conflict variation to estimate reduced-form effects...Conflict Livelihoods Structural transformation
PresentationPatricia Justino presenting on COVID-19 and conflict dynamics at FIIA webinar
Patricia Justino will present on COVID-19 and conflict dynamics at an online event organised by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) on 27 May 2021. The event, Covid-19 effects on peace and conflict dynamics – Implications for...
PresentationTillman Hönig presents at the European Meeting of the Urban Economics Association
Tillman Hönig , Research Associate at UNU-WIDER, will be presenting his ongong research The Legacy of Conflict: Aggregate Evidence from Sierra Leone at the 10th European Meeting of the Urban Economics Association on 30 April 2021, 2pm CEST. His...
SeminarBruno Martorano on protests and social mobilization during the COVID-19 pandemic
BlogWhy do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?
One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
BlogOur project on the institutional legacies of violent conflict
One of the most critical challenges in international development today is to understand how best to support peace, security, economic recovery, and legitimate political authority in fragile and conflict-affected countries...Institutions Conflict Post-conflict
PresentationPatricia Justino briefs Swedish aid agency on aid in autocracies and fragile countries
On 4 February 2020, UNU-WIDER's Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino will be giving a presentation at an event organised by Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation Sida as part of their Department for Africa’s...
Working PaperSecession and social polarization: Evidence from Catalonia
Does secessionism lead to social polarization? Despite much research on independence movements, their relationship to polarization, a key mechanism theorized as increasing the chances of violent conflict, remains less understood...Catalonia Conflict Independence movements
BlogNobel Peace Prize acknowledges link between preventing hunger and promoting peace
Professor Patricia Justino is a leading expert on the links between political violence and economic development. Her work has greatly expanded knowledge about the intersection between poverty, food insecurity, and conflict...Conflict Peace Hunger
Journal ArticleDevelopment programs, security, and violence reduction: Evidence from an insurgency in India
India has employed a variety of military, political and economic measures to combat the long running insurgency in Kashmir with little evidence on what contributes to stability in the region...Conflict Multiple structural breaks Development programs
ProjectInstitutional legacies of violent conflict
Theme: Transforming statesViolent conflict Political violence Wartime governance
Working PaperCivic legacies of wartime governance
In conflict zones around the world, both state and non-state actors deliver governance at local levels. This paper explores the long-term impact of individual exposure to ‘wartime governance’ on social and political behaviour...Conflict State-building Local development
Journal ArticleEarly life shocks and mental health: The long-term effect of war in Vietnam
This paper provides causal evidence on early-life exposure to war on mental health status in adulthood...Health outcomes War Mental health
Journal ArticleAid Targeting to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Implications for Aid Effectiveness
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Foreign aid Fragile states
Working PaperAid targeting to fragile and conflict-affected states and implications for aid effectiveness
While significant amounts of foreign aid have been allocated to the group of so-called fragile and conflict-affected states in recent years, it is not clear whether that aid is targeted to where it is most needed...Aid effectiveness Foreign aid Fragile states