Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
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.
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
44 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperLocal governance quality and law compliance: The case of Mozambican firms
Using panel data of manufacturing enterprises in Mozambique between 2012 and 2017, we investigate how changes in perceived quality of governance are related to firms’ law compliance...Governance Transparency Law
Working PaperClientelistic politics and pro-poor targeting: Rules versus discretionary budgets
Past research has provided evidence of clientelistic politics in delivery of programme benefits by local governments, or gram panchayats (GPs), and manipulation of GP programme budgets by legislators and elected officials at upper tiers in West Benga...Clientelism Governance Targeting
Working PaperClientelism and governance
Unlike much of the growing literature on political clientelism, this short paper contains mainly the author’s general reflections on the broad issues of governance (or mis-governance including corruption), democracy, and state capacity that cli...vote-buying Clientelism Politics
Project workshop3rd Annual workshop: Inequality and governance in unstable democracies – the mediating role of trust
Background NoteReview of sub-national institutional performance in Ghana
Introduction The literature on the concept, measurement, causes, and correlates of sub-national institutional governance is not new. From the seminal work of Putnam et al. (1993) to recent attempts by Iddawela et al...Decentralized governance Decentralization Governance
Working PaperOn the impact of inequality on growth, human development, and governance
Countering recent rises in many countries of inequality in income and wealth is widely recognized as a major development challenge...Inequality Growth Health
BlogWhy should I care about economic growth?
Director of UNU-WIDER, Professor Kunal Sen is a world leading expert in development economics and led on ESID ’s research into economic growth...Governance State capacity Structural transformation
BlogBeyond lockdown: rebuilding the social contract
Continued lockdown measures are straining the social contract between citizens and governments...Social unrest Lockdown Sub-Saharan Africa
Project workshopInequality and governance in unstable democracies – the mediating role of trust: 2nd Annual Workshop
More than 30 participants attended the 2nd annual workshop for ‘Trust and Governance’ project, held virtually on the 16th and 17th April 2020. The workshop was initially set to be held in Colombia but had to be moved to a virtual...
Journal ArticleInequality, good governance, and endemic corruption
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionCorruption Tax administration data Governance
Journal ArticleWhat determines administrative capacity in developing countries?
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionState capacity Administrative capacity Public finance management
Journal ArticleMigration Governance and Policy in the Global South: Introduction and Overview
Part of Journal Special Issue Migration Governance and Policy in the Global SouthGovernance Migration policy Migration
Journal Special IssueMigration Governance and Policy in the Global South
Building knowledge about migration governance and policy in the Global South is a priority for research and policy...Migration Migration policy Governance
Journal ArticleWhat Does the Evidence Tell Us about ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ in Development Assistance?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Donors Evidence
Working PaperWhat does the evidence tell us about ‘thinking and working politically’ in development assistance?
This paper critically reviews evidence on ‘thinking and working politically’ in development...Aid effectiveness Donors Evidence