UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Journal ArticleEvaluating multiple spatial dimensions of economic growth in Brazil using spatial panel data models
The goal of this paper is to evaluate the results of regional economic growth model estimations at multiple spatial scales using spatial panel data models...Econometric models Economic growth Panel analysis
Book ChapterYouth in Tanzania’s Urbanizing Mining Settlements: Prospecting a Mineralized Future
From the book: African Youth and the Persistence of MarginalizationEconomic development Labor supply Natural resources
Book ChapterCities of Youth: Post-Millennial Cases of Mobility and Sociality
From the book: African Youth and the Persistence of MarginalizationEconomic aspects (Income distribution) Urban economics Economic aspects (Youth)
Journal ArticleOpposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaCentral planning Economic policy Local government
Journal ArticleVertical Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaFiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Journal ArticleThe Efficiency of India's Cities: Is There a Case to Finance Them?
One reason for unsatisfactory public service delivery in Indian cities is that city finances are in poor condition...Land tenure Public investments Public utilities
Research BriefDivided Authority in Kampala, Uganda
Favouritism of government controlled councils is most distinct through interference in local politics rather than through funding mechanisms...Central planning Economic policy Local government
Working PaperYouth in Tanzania’s Urbanizing Mining Settlements: Prospecting a Mineralized Future
Over the last fifteen years many African countries have experienced a ‘mining take-off’...Economic development Labor supply Natural resources
Working PaperCities of Youth: Post-Millennial Cases of Mobility and Sociality
With a focus on cities in eastern and southern Africa, this paper draws on recent scholarship and my own research in Lusaka, Zambia, to analyse pathways for, and challenges to, greater social mobility for youth against the background of economic, pol...Economic aspects (Income distribution) Urban economics Economic aspects (Youth)
Research BriefDecentralization in South Africa: The Role of Politics
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Vertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?’ Robert Cameron looks at the ways in which politics affects decentralization and service delivery in South Africa...Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
BlogFrom The Editor's Desk (December 2012)
Tony Addison This year has rushed by at speed. For UNU-WIDER it’s been a year of big successes. We will have published some 110 working papers by the end of December, up from 96 in 2011 (go here for the latest list)...Economic aspects (Economic development) Economic aspects (Environment) Climatic changes
Panel discussionLatin American urban development into the 21st century: Towards a renewed perspective on the city
The 20th century witnessed global processes of urbanization on an unprecedented scale, to the extent that more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas for the first time in human history. Latin America is the developing...
BookLatin American Urban Development into the 21st Century: Towards a Renewed Perspective on the City
According to UN-Habitat, Latin America is the most urbanized region in the world...Quality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Working PaperVertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?
This study examines the role of politics on decentralization and service delivery in South Africa, with a specific focus on Johannesburg and Cape Town...Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
SeminarUrban governance and service delivery in Africa
Africa is one of the fastest urbanizing regions of the world. On the one hand, this demographic transformation offers important opportunities for growth, economic development, and innovation. On the other hand, rapid urbanization generates high...
BookUrbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives
The 20th century was one of rapid urbanization—that is urbanization by urban growth, and by rural-to-urban migration...Economic development Urban economics Urban planning