Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
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
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.
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
28 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperContract clientelism: How infrastructure contracts fund vote-buying
Where does the money come from to buy votes? We argue that an important source of funds for vote-buying comes from ‘contract clientelism’, or the provision of public contracts to private firms in exchange for campaign donations...Contracts vote-buying Clientelism
Working PaperCOVID-19 and trade facilitation in Southern Africa: Implications for the AfCFTA
COVID-19 has created a trade crisis in Southern Africa, with a dramatic slowdown in cross-border trade...COVID-19 Trade facilitation Regional integration
BlogInfrastructure spend: insights from the effect of a bridge across the Zambezi on maize prices
Investments in infrastructure – such as roads – typically aim to reduce transport costs, stimulate trade, and make new production activities viable. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the need for such investments is widely acknowledged ...Infrastructure Agriculture Mozambique
Journal ArticleInfrastructure improvements and maize market integration: Bridging the Zambezi in Mozambique
Historically, transport infrastructure connecting the most agriculturally productive areas of Mozambique and the richer southern region has been poor...Infrastructure Agricultural market performance Prices
Research BriefSolutions for designing better special economic zones programmes in Africa
Special economic zones (SEZ) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world...Design attributes Implementation Infrastructure
Working PaperThe potential of extractive industries as anchor investments for broader regional development
The paper reviews what we know about the possibilities of designing and implementing policy measures that raise the contribution of the extractive industries’ production/consumption links to economic growth and wellbeing, and reviews how polici...Downstream processing Extractive industries Infrastructure
Working PaperInvestigating the fiscal resource curse: What’s China got to do with it?
The term fiscal resource curse refers to countries’ inability to raise taxes from a broad base in the presence of natural resources...China Infrastructure Natural resources
Working PaperResource sector concessions and spatial development in Southern Africa
This paper explores how Southern Africa can leverage its mineral resources to support growth and industrialization...Computable general equilibrium Infrastructure Resource sector
Working PaperSpecial economic zones in Southern Africa: Is success influenced by design attributes?
Special economic zones (SEZs) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world. This study focuses on the design features of the SEZ in Africa that may help explain this underperformance...Design attributes Implementation Infrastructure
Book ChapterThe construction sector in Zambia
From the book: Mining for ChangeIndustrialization Local content Economic linkages
Book ChapterThe construction sector in Ghana
From the book: Mining for ChangeConstruction sector Price dynamics Expenditure shocks
Book ChapterDoes construction limit investment?
From the book: Mining for ChangeConstruction industries Infrastructure Procurement
Working PaperRoads and jobs in Ethiopia
We look at how improving roads can affect jobs and structural transformation...Ethiopia Roads Structural transformation
Working PaperThe effects of the Maputo ring road on the quantity and quality of nearby housing
Using convolutional neural networks applied to satellite images covering a 25 km x 12 km rectangle on the northern outskirts of Greater Maputo, we detect and classify buildings from 2010 and 2018 in order to compare the development in quantity and qu...Mozambique Infrastructure Impact evaluation
Working PaperDe-industrialization, re-industrialization, and the resurgence of state capitalism: The case of Indonesia
Discussions on the developing world’s industrial policies have largely neglected the role of state-owned entities...Industrialization Industrial policy Infrastructure
Working PaperThe role of the construction sector in influencing natural resource use, structural change, and industrial development in Zambia
The construction sector plays a critical role in delivering quality infrastructure, which in turn influences the use of natural resource revenues towards achieving structural change and industrial development...Construction sector Infrastructure Prices