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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BlogIs COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?
"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...COVID-19 Economics shocks
Working PaperInstitutional differences across resource-based economies
To predict economic success and failure, academics and policymakers alike are interested in the differences in institutional structures across natural resource-based economies...Economic growth Economics Political science
Annual LectureDevelopment research and changing priorities
In 2015 WIDER Annual Lecture 19 was given by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. He discussed the overall challenge of sustainable and human-focused development including new and old challenges...Democracy Economic development Economics
BlogHow the World Works: Jobs and Structural Transformation as Keys to Development
27 August 2014 Roger Williamson The themes of the new UNU-WIDER work programme—transformation, inclusion, and sustainability—were the focus of the WIDER Development Conference held in Vietnam in June this year...Economic development Economics Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogResearch Communication: Why Doesn’t Research Turn Into Policy?
30 October 2012 At the recent UNU-WIDER research conference on development and climate change, the communications team took the opportunity to ask participants visiting us here in Helsinki for their views on how research turns into policy...Climatic changes Economic policy Economics
BlogResearch Entering the Policy Domain
Carl-Gustav Lindén The research project ReCom-Research and Communication on foreign aid, which is co-ordinated by UNU-WIDER with funding from the development agencies Danida and Sida, is now midway through its life...Economic development Economic policy Economics
BlogUNU-WIDER: More Needed Than Ever
24 September 2009 Finn Tarp, New Director at UN University-WIDER* ‘Some of us believe in analysing, some of us believe in humanising’ - Donovan, Children of the World from Slow Down World In my student days in the early-to-mid 1970s in De...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic development projects
BlogPrivate Military Companies from Renaissance Italy to Modern Day Afghanistan
Jurgen Brauer Military contractors - condottiere - and their men were not welcome anywhere in Renaissance Europe. No one enjoyed the presence of these mercenary forces, and all were desperate to make them go away, fast and by whatever means...Conflict management Economics
ReportDevelopment Agendas and Insights: 20 Years of UNU-WIDER Research
This publication reviews twenty years of WIDER research into economic development. Many of the issues – such as poverty, finance and conflict – are as relevant today as they were two decades ago...Economic development Economics Regional economics
Book ChapterWider Thinking Ahead
From the book: Development Agendas and InsightsEconomic development Economics