Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
UNU-WIDER in partnership with UONGOZI Institute will organize a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, 11-12 February 2021. Read more
35 years of research for change – what's next?
Join our anniversary celebrations as we reflect on some of the greatest achievements of UNU-WIDER over the last 35 years and how we see our work creating change in the future. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
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How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
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28 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogExtractive industries and development - What’s in the UNU-WIDER research pipeline?
The recent anti-corruption summit in London highlighted a much-publicized issue in development—transparency is crucial in the minerals sector...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
BlogCan extractive industries promote development?
I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development ...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
Working PaperPolitical economy of Nigerian power sector reform
The Nigerian power sector reform is necessitated by the chronic poor performance of the sector and has as its compass the 2005 Electric Power Sector Reform Act and the Roadmap for Power Sector Reform 2010...Political science Power (Economics) Privatization
Working PaperCambodia’s Land Management and Administration Project
This paper presents the case of World Bank support to the mass titling component of the Cambodia Land Management and Administration Project...Agriculture Land tenure Laws and legislation (Land use)
Working PaperDoes Successful Governance Require Heroes? The Case of Sergio Fajardo and the City of Medellín: A Reform Case for Instruction
The city of Medellín, Colombia was a cauldron of violence with 185 homicides per 100,000 people in 2002. By 2006, this rate had declined to 32.5...Government employees Political science Power (Economics)
Working PaperTransfers for Extreme Poverty Reduction: Implications for Patron-Client Relationships in the Context of Bangladesh’s Agricultural Reformation
This paper investigates how a development intervention which targets extremely poor households with investment capital influences relationships between those households and the landowning elite...Agriculture Poverty Economic power
BlogFemale Empowerment and Extreme Poverty Reduction: Progressing On One without the Other?
Lucy Scott Women are increasingly seen as an important part of the international development agenda...Households Investments Poverty
BlogSexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Malokele Nanivazo Sexual violence crime (SV) in wartime is not a new phenomenon. Mass rapes have occurred in armed conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, to give just a few examples...Crime Education Humanitarian assistance
Book ChapterElites and Institutional Persistence
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentElite (Social sciences) Institutional economics Political science
Working PaperElites and Institutional Persistence
Particular sets of institutions, once they become established in a society, have a strong tendency to persist. In this paper I argue that understanding how elites form and reproduce is key to understanding the persistence of institutions over time...Elite (Social sciences) Institutional economics Political science
Book ChapterEthics, Rhetoric and Politics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: How Can the Concept of Social Contract Help Us in Understanding How to Make Peace Work?
From the book: Making Peace WorkConflict management Justice, Administration of Economic power
Book ChapterInternational Organizations as a Profession: Professional Mobility and Power Distribution
From the book: The International Mobility of TalentElite (Social sciences) International agencies Labor mobility
Book ChapterIndivisibility, Fairness, Farsightedness and their Implications for Security
From the book: Advancing DevelopmentConflict management Economic development National security
Book ChapterWomen's Status and Children's Food Security in Pakistan
From the book: Food SecurityChildren Equality and inequality Food security
Book ChapterThe Political Economy of Taxation and Tax Reform in Developing Countries
From the book: Institutional Change and Economic DevelopmentEconomic development History (Finance) Economic power
Working PaperEthics, Rhetoric and Politics of Post-conflict Reconstruction: How Can the Concept of Social Contract Help Us in Understanding How to Make Peace Work?
Since existing injustices and the quest for justice are seen to be the main causes for violent clashes, it is often claimed that the restoration of justice must be the most important goal of post-conflict reconstruction...Conflict management Justice, Administration of Economic power