Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
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35 years of research for change – what's next?
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Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
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15 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperEducation from the Bottom Up: UNICEF’s Education Programme in Somalia
The failure of the Somali state from 1993 to 2012 represents one of the world’s most profound and prolonged cases of state collapse. Initially, education and other government services came to a standstill...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects
SeminarFragile states: Causes, costs, and responses
Overcoming state fragility is one of the most important international development objectives of the 21st century. Many fragile states have turned into failed states, where millions of people are caught in deprivation and seemingly hopeless...
SeminarFragile states: Causes, costs, and responses
Presenter Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, UNCTAD Chair Gordon Alexander, UNICEF Office of Research Discussant Gerárd Roland, University of California Overcoming state fragility is one of the most important international development objectives of...
Book ChapterThe Political Economy of Fragile States
Fragile states have very mixed characteristics. Some are experiencing violent conflict, some are ‘post-conflict’, some have avoided large-scale violence–so far. Many are resource poor, but some are resource rich...Conflict management Failed states International relations
Book ChapterResources, Conflict, and State Fragility: Iraq and Somalia
From the book: Fragile StatesDemocratization Failed states Natural resources
Book ChapterThe Cost of Failing States and the Limits to Sovereignty
From the book: Fragile StatesEconomic development Failed states Poverty
Book ChapterFragile States: An Overview
From the book: Fragile StatesConflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Journal ArticleInternational Trade and Manufacturing Employment: Is India following the Footsteps of Asia or Africa?
Part of Journal Special Issue FDI, Employment, and Growth in China and IndiaFailed states International trade Labor demand
Book ChapterVulnerability, Poverty and Coping in Zimbabwe
From the book: Vulnerability in Developing CountriesFailed states History, Local Labor
Working PaperInternational Trade and Manufacturing Employment Outcomes in India: A Comparative Study
The Indian economy has observed significant trade reforms since the mid 1980s, and the Indian manufacturing sector has rapidly increased its integration with the world economy...Failed states International trade Labor demand
Working PaperVulnerability, Poverty and Coping in Zimbabwe
This paper uses five life histories from three locations in Zimbabwe—one peri-urban, one urban and one rural—to provide a window on current processes of impoverishment and adverse coping...Failed states History, Local Labor
Book ChapterCambodia: Genocide, Autocracy, and the Overpoliticized State
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementFailed states Natural disasters Social conflict
Book ChapterWeak States and Humanitarian Emergencies: Failure, Predation, and Rent-Seeking
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementFailed states Social conflict
Book ChapterLiberia and Sierra Leone: The Competition for Patronage in Resource-Rich Economies
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementFailed states Natural resources Economic power
Working PaperHumanitarian Emergencies and Warlord Economies in Liberia and Sierra Leone
This paper explains correlations between humanitarian emergencies and political economies of 'failing states' in Liberia and Sierra Leone...Failed states Natural resources Economic power