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.
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
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
Have you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
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Book ChapterThe politics of promoting social cash transfers in Zambia Cash transfers Ideas Political settlements
Book ChapterPushing for policy innovation: The framing of social protection policies in Tanzania Social protection Policy entrepreneurs Political settlements
Book ChapterDistributional concerns, the ‘developmental state’ and the agrarian origins of social assistance in Ethiopia Food security Political settlements Process tracing
Book ChapterInstitutions and Development
From the book: Asian TransformationsInstitutions Organizations Political settlements
Working PaperInstitutions and Asia’s development: The role of norms and organizational power
The role of institutions in Asian development has been intensely contested since Myrdal’s Asian Drama, with later contributions from institutional economics and developmental state theory...Institutions Organizations Political settlements
Working PaperThe politics of scaling up social protection in Kenya
Literature on social protection in Kenya shows progress in implementation of cash transfers but not the social health insurance scheme...Kenya Social protection Cash transfers
Working PaperThe politics of promoting social protection in Zambia
This paper examines the rise of the social protection agenda in Zambia, and demonstrates that this has two alternative drivers: shifting dynamics within Zambia’s political settlement and the promotional efforts of a transnational policy coaliti...Cash transfers Ideas Political settlements
Working PaperIdeational and institutional drivers of social protection in Tanzania
In the early 2000s, there was low elite commitment to social protection in Tanzania. Yet, in 2012, the government officially launched a countrywide social safety net programme, and a year later it announced the introduction of an old age pension...Social protection Policy entrepreneurs Political settlements
Working PaperSocial protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP
Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent...Food security Political settlements Process tracing