Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This new Open Access book provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics. Based on fifteen years of continued data collection and research efforts it brings together nine up-to-date studies on... read more
Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
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Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
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Policy BriefThe politics of social protection in Eastern and Southern Africa: Actors, institutions and dynamics
Since the mid-1990s, there has been in Africa something of a ‘quiet revolution’ in poverty reduction strategies with the proliferation of social assistance programmes that entail cash transfers to the poor...Social protection Social assistance International development organizations
Journal ArticleWelfare and Redistributive Effects of Social Assistance in the Global South
Part of Journal Special Issue Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global SouthSocial assistance Social protection Poverty
PresentationCANCELLED - Launch of World Bank white paper - Protecting All: Risk-Sharing in a Diverse and Diversifying World
BlogThe case for universal social insurance in Latin America
Access to effective social insurance in Latin America is typically determined by workers’ status in the labor market – whether they have formal or informal jobs...Social assistance Social protection social health insurance
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 ChapterSocial assistance, electoral competition, and political branding in Malawi Elections Political branding Social protection
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 entrpreneurs Political settlements
Book ChapterDistributional concerns, the ‘developmental state’ and the agrarian origins of social assistance in Ethiopia Food security Political settlements Process tracing
Book ChapterBuilding a conservative welfare state in Botswana Social protection Drought Relief Conservatism
BookThe Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa
The notion that social protection should be a key strategy for reducing poverty in developing countries has now been mainstreamed within international development policy and practice...Social protection Social assistance International development organizations
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 23 - Informality: addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America
Working PaperWinning or buying hearts and minds?: Cash transfers and political attitudes in Pakistan
This paper studies how household-level receipts of cash transfers affect political attitudes in Pakistan. The paper exploits the locally exogenous eligibility cut-off of the flagship Benazir Income Support Programme to estimate causal effects...Social protection Political attitudes Cash transfers
Working PaperWelfare and redistributive effects of social assistance in the Global South
This paper presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration, which has interlinked with, and partly reflects the complex demographic and epidemiological transi...Social assistance Social protection Poverty