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
53 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleFiscal decentralization and efficiency of public services delivery by local governments in Ghana
We estimate the efficiency of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana, and investigate the impact of fiscal decentralization on the efficiency of local public goods and services delivery by MMDAs...Fiscal decentralization Efficiency Local government
Working PaperFiscal decentralization and efficiency of public services delivery by local governments in Ghana
In this paper, we estimate the efficiency of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana, and investigate the impact of fiscal decentralization on the efficiency of local public goods and services delivery by MMDAs...Fiscal decentralization Efficiency Local government
Working PaperIs multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?
The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...Caste Equality and inequality Local government
VideoRole of Local Governance
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Parallel 5.1Climate change Local government
Working PaperSocial and political capital in rural Vietnam
This paper exploits five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to investigate issues of social and political capital in rural Vietnam...Economic development Families Household survey
Working Paper‘Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Secondment in Somalia
Donors face distinct challenges in operating in fragile states and supporting the building of state capacity...Economic assistance and foreign aid Human rights Local government
Journal ArticleState Failure, State-Building, and Prospects for a “Functional Failed State” in Somalia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesEconomic development Economic policy International agencies
Journal ArticleTransition Regimes and Security Sector Reforms in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesConflict management Economic assistance and foreign aid Local government
Working PaperThe Practice of Industrial Policy – Lessons for Africa: Case Studies of Decentralized Co-ordination in China
This paper draws on both successful and failing cases of industrialization in China to analyse the role of local governments in fostering the growth of light manufacturing...Economic conditions Industrial policy Industrialization
Journal ArticleForeign Aid and Decentralization: Limitations on Impact in Autonomy and Responsiveness
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic development projects
Journal ArticleAiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability Local government
Journal ArticleUrban Service Delivery in Africa and the Role of International Assistance
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaLocal government Urban planning Urbanization
Journal ArticleOpposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaCentral planning Economic policy Local government
PresentationEthnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research
Presentation by Rachel M. Gisselquist. Title: 'Ethnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research' (paper by Rachel M. Gisselquist, Stefan Leiderer, and Miguel Nino-Zarazua)...
Research BriefAid to Mozambique: A Trade-Off Between Governance and Democracy?
In Mozambique donors have shifted focus from project aid to budget support in an effort to reform the public sector and ‘justice, legality and public order’...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid