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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Journal ArticleIdentity Documents, Welfare Enhancement, and Group Empowerment in the Global South
Part of Journal Special Issue Legal Empowerment and Group-Based InequalityIdentity Legal empowerment Welfare
Working PaperGovernment intervention need for social security improvement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A theoretical analysis using the principal–agent model
African populations need better support through social protection mechanisms...Social security Pensions Contracts
Working PaperFormalizing safety nets and the requirements to obtain them: An increased role for identity documents in the Global South
Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country...Pensions Transfer payments
BlogStandards, Codes and Pension Flows
by Helmut Reisen The case for mutual benefits arising from the global diversification of portfolios holds well for funded retirement savings...Accounting Financial institutions Institutional economics
BookFinance and the Real Economy: Issues and Case Studies in Developing Countries
The present volume contains six papers on financial-policy issues and country experiences, presented at a joint ECLAC/UNU-WIDER/UNCTAD seminar held at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile, on 5-6 October 1992...Banks and banking Finance Pensions
Book ChapterPension System Reforms and Savings in Latin America and Caribbean Countries with Special Reference to Chile
From the book: Finance and the Real EconomyBanks and banking Finance Pensions
BookSocial Security in Developing Countries
The term "social security" has a very different meaning in underdeveloped countries -- whose populations live in great insecurity -- and is best understood as poverty alleviation...Pensions Public welfare Social security