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
UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
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Life with Corona, a global survey tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world has just been released with updated questions. Take part in the survey here, and share the link with your colleagues, friends and family! Read more
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
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SeminarMyles Wickstead on the changing face of aid and development
Working PaperPrecarity and the pandemic: COVID-19 and poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries
This paper makes a set of estimates for the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries and on the distribution of global poverty...COVID-19 Crisis global poverty
Working PaperCOVID-19 and global poverty: Are LDCs being left behind?
This paper provides a preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty in the light of the IMF’s April 2020 growth forecasts...COVID-19 global poverty Least Developed Countries
Working PaperEstimates of the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty
In this paper we make estimates of the potential short-term economic impact of COVID-19 on global monetary poverty through contractions in per capita household income or consumption...global poverty COVID-19 SDGs
Journal ArticleCOVID-19 and global poverty: Are LDCs being left behind?
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW: The study paper provides a preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty in the light of IMF’s growth forecasts...COVID-19 global poverty Least Developed Countries
BlogHow (not) to build state capability
Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...SDGs SDG16 Building State Capabilities
BlogHow can developing countries pay for the SDGs?
With official development assistance under strain, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require developing countries to rely increasingly on their own resources...SDGs Sustainable Development Goals Millennium Development Goals
BlogIn the Director's chair: Reflections on my first six months as Director
My first six months as Director of UNU-WIDER have been busy, enlightening, and rewarding...SDGs SDG5 SDG8
Journal ArticleInvestigating Growing Inequality in Mozambique
Part of Journal Special Issue Inequalities in the least developed countriesInequality Mozambique Decomposition
BlogHow can developing countries deliver effective public financial planning?
In many less developed countries, there is little problem identifying the need for public investment in programmes aimed at improving things such as infrastructure, health and education. The problem comes in delivering them...SDGs SDG16 SDG17
SeminarRachel Gisselquist presents in an expert group meeting on inequality
UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow Rachel Gisselquist will give a presentation at an expert group meeting ‘ Reducing Inequalities: SDG 10 Progress and Prospects ’, organized by the World Bank and UN DESA in Geneva 2-3 April. The event will...
BlogDeveloping countries would benefit from improved tax collection: What can help?
The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state...Tax revenue fiscal capacity Income tax
NewsDirector Kunal Sen contributes to blog on taxation in developing countries
The capability to raise revenues from taxes – often called fiscal capacity – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of every state, particularly in developing countries. They need higher revenues to invest in a number of economic and...Taxation SDGs Tax revenue
NewsPress release - Professor Kunal Sen starts as the director of UNU-WIDER
‘Economic transformation needs to be accompanied by political and social transformations if we are to see drastic increases in human wellbeing’SDGs Transformation Informality