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30 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogExtractive industries and development - What’s in the UNU-WIDER research pipeline?
The recent anti-corruption summit in London highlighted a much-publicized issue in development—transparency is crucial in the minerals sector...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
BlogCan extractive industries promote development?
I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development ...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
Working PaperPolitical economy of Nigerian power sector reform
The Nigerian power sector reform is necessitated by the chronic poor performance of the sector and has as its compass the 2005 Electric Power Sector Reform Act and the Roadmap for Power Sector Reform 2010...Political science Economic power Privatization
Book ChapterAn Empirical Analysis of the Economics of Marriage in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2. Marriage is the single most important contractual arrangement youth in North Africa undertake as they navigate their transition to adulthood...Families Game theory Economic power
Working PaperCambodia’s Land Management and Administration Project
This paper presents the case of World Bank support to the mass titling component of the Cambodia Land Management and Administration Project...Agriculture Land tenure Laws and legislation (Land use)
Working PaperThe Economics of Marriage in North Africa
Marriage is the single most important economic transaction and social transition in the lives of young people. Yet little is known about the economics of marriage in much of the developing world...Families Game theory Economic power
Working PaperDoes Successful Governance Require Heroes? The Case of Sergio Fajardo and the City of Medellín: A Reform Case for Instruction
The city of Medellín, Colombia was a cauldron of violence with 185 homicides per 100,000 people in 2002. By 2006, this rate had declined to 32.5...Government employees Political science Economic power
Working PaperTransfers for Extreme Poverty Reduction: Implications for Patron-Client Relationships in the Context of Bangladesh’s Agricultural Reformation
This paper investigates how a development intervention which targets extremely poor households with investment capital influences relationships between those households and the landowning elite...Agriculture Poverty Economic power
BlogFemale Empowerment and Extreme Poverty Reduction: Progressing On One without the Other?
Lucy Scott Women are increasingly seen as an important part of the international development agenda...Households Investments Poverty
BlogSexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Malokele Nanivazo Sexual violence crime (SV) in wartime is not a new phenomenon. Mass rapes have occurred in armed conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, to give just a few examples...Crime Education Humanitarian assistance
Book ChapterElites and Institutional Persistence
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentElite (Social sciences) Institutional economics Political science
Working PaperElites and Institutional Persistence
Particular sets of institutions, once they become established in a society, have a strong tendency to persist. In this paper I argue that understanding how elites form and reproduce is key to understanding the persistence of institutions over time...Elite (Social sciences) Institutional economics Political science
Book ChapterEthics, Rhetoric and Politics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: How Can the Concept of Social Contract Help Us in Understanding How to Make Peace Work?
From the book: Making Peace WorkConflict management Justice, Administration of Economic power
Book ChapterInternational Organizations as a Profession: Professional Mobility and Power Distribution
From the book: The International Mobility of TalentElite (Social sciences) International agencies Labour mobility
Book ChapterIndivisibility, Fairness, Farsightedness and their Implications for Security
From the book: Advancing DevelopmentConflict management Economic development National security
Book ChapterWomen's Status and Children's Food Security in Pakistan
From the book: Food SecurityChildren Equality and inequality Food security