Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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Working PaperUsing legal empowerment for labour rights in India
This paper brings labour back into the literature on legal empowerment against poverty. Employing a historical lens, I outline three waves of legal movements. Each wave is distinguished by its timing, the state-level target, and the actors involved...Labour Judicial activism Legal empowerment
Book ChapterProtesting for a Better Tomorrow?: Youth Mobilization in Africa
Democracy Political science Social movement
BlogEconomic Elites, Crises, and Austerity in 21st Century Capitalism
24 September 2014 Andrés Solimano The era of neoliberal capitalism starting by the late 1970s and early 1980s promotes free trade, capital mobility, fragmented migration, privatization, deregulation and marketization...Capitalism Democracy Economic policy
Research BriefThe Politics of Urban Poverty Reduction
Foreign aid has been slow to react to the challenge of urbanization, but must do so if it is to be an effective force going forward...Economic assistance and foreign aid Measurement (Poverty) Poverty
Book ChapterIrregular Urbanization as a Catalyst for Radical Social Mobilization: The Case of the Housing Movements of São Paulo
From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st CenturyEquality and inequality Social movement Urban planning
BlogLearning How to Promote Social Protection from Cambodia’s Garment Workers
Alisa DiCaprio Innovations in social protection systems design have moved forward quickly on the supply-side over the past decade...Employee rights Human rights Labor laws and legislation
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (December 2011)
Tony Addison With the end of the year fast approaching, we bring you the last Angle of 2011. Here in Helsinki, the shortest day of the year is nearly upon us when we will have six hours of daylight...Economic aspects (Finance) Climatic changes Economic aspects (Right of property)
Research BriefLessons of Experience in International Democracy Support
The view that democracy can be good for development has held sway in influential international development policy circles for over two decades now...Democracy Democratization Security, International
BlogResilient People, Fragile Governance: Bangladesh Achieving Middle-Income Status (Part 2)
Lucy Scott Part 1 of this article, which appeared in last month’s issue, discussed the ‘Bangladesh Paradox’ that Bangladesh has made economic and social strides forwards despite having weak governance...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Working PaperLessons of Experience in International Democracy Support: Implications for Supporting Democratic Change in North Africa
The so-called ‘Arab spring’ in North Africa and the Middle East in early 2011 took many political commentators by surprise...Democracy Democratization Security, International
BlogFrom the Editor's desk (November 2011)
Tony Addison As we come to the end of November, the snow has yet to arrive in Helsinki...Economic aspects (Finance) Climatic changes Economic aspects (Raw materials)
Research BriefLearning How to Promote Social Protection from Cambodia’s Garment Workers
Innovations in social protection systems design have moved forward quickly on the supply-side over the past decade. But the same degree of creativity has not been applied to the equally critical demand-side constraints to social protection...Labor unions Social movement Social security
Working PaperThe Demand Side of Social Protection: Lessons from Cambodia’s Labour Rights Experience
In fragile states, social protection programmes are often a kaleidoscope of projects financed and implemented by a variety of donors, government agencies and NGOs...Labor unions Social movement Social security
Working PaperImproving Donor Support for Urban Poverty Reduction: A focus on South Asia
The growing urbanization of poverty poses a significant challenge to governments and donors alike, particularly in Asia, which houses 60 per cent of the world’s slum dwellers...Economic assistance and foreign aid Poverty Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperIrregular Urbanization as a Catalyst for Radical Social Mobilization: The Case of the Housing Movements of São Paulo
This study focuses on the city of São Paulo, Brazil and examines the ways in which irregular and illegal growth have influenced the collective action of social movements of the urban poor...Equality and inequality Social movement Urban planning