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
21 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperFormalizing clientelism in Kenya: From Harambee to the Constituency Development Fund
Why does clientelism persist? What determines how politicians signal responsiveness or fulfil their campaign promises?...Politics Kenya Clientelism
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
BlogClientelism – another reason to worry about US democracy
The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist ...Clientelism United States Corruption
Working PaperKuznets’ tension in India: Two episodes
Developing countries face a trade-off between the twin objectives of structural transformation and inclusive growth. This is the ‘developer’s dilemma’...Developer's dilemma India Inequality
SeminarJoshua Magero Otieno on ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya
Joshua Magero Otieno will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 20 November. Abstract – Ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya Perceived or real welfare imbalances fundamentally impacts individuals’ civic participation, inclusivity...
Book ChapterWho should get what, how and why?: DfID and the transnational politics of social cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa Africa Policy transfer Politics
Book ChapterThe negotiated politics of social protection in East and Southern Africa Social assistance Politics Sub-Saharan Africa
Policy BriefAid effectiveness: Growth and beyond
The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of considerable attention...Aid effectiveness Aid and growth Development aid
In the mediaUNU-WIDER findings on the influence of female elected officials on economic performance continues to make headlines
Reporting on UNU-WIDER research published in the working paper ‘ Women legislators and economic performance ’, news outlets The Times of India , The Quint , The Diplomat , and more, have published articles discussing the impact of women...Gender Politics Economic growth
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
Journal ArticleAid Impact and Effectiveness: Introduction and Overview
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessDonors Fragile states Climate change
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
ProjectClientelist politics and economic development – theories, perspectives and new directions
Theme: Transforming statesClientelism Politics Economic development
Book ChapterDonor-supported approaches to improving extractives governance: Lessons from Nigeria
From the book: Extractive IndustriesOil Gas Natural resources
Working PaperThe negotiated politics of social protection in sub-Saharan Africa
Social assistance programmes proliferated and expanded across much of the global South from the mid-1990s. Within Africa there has been enormous variation in this trend: some governments expanded coverage dramatically while others resisted this...Social assistance Politics Sub-Saharan Africa