Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
10 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Research BriefDeepening regional integration in Southern Africa
Regional integration is making steady progress in Southern Africa, leading to the development of regional value chains (RVCs) that could strengthen the competitiveness of the region...Apparel industry Automotive industry Food retailing
Working PaperMoving up the copper value chain in Southern Africa
Southern African countries—mainly Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—account for around a seventh of global production of copper...copper Industrialization Agglomeration
Working PaperSpreading the gains?: Prospects and policies for the development of regional value chains in Southern Africa
Regional integration is making steady progress in Africa and a key objective is to improve the prospects for industrialization by expanding the regional market...Apparel industry Automotive industry Food retailing
Book ChapterThe agro-processing industry and its potential for structural transformation of the Ghanaian economy
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksAgro-processing Economic growth Value chains
Journal ArticleResource-based industrialisation in Southern Africa: Domestic policies, corporate strategies and regional dynamics
Part of Journal Special Issue Regional Growth OpportunitiesMineral industries Industrial development Value chains
Working PaperThe expansion of regional supermarket chains: Implications for local suppliers in Zambia
The last two decades have seen rapid economic growth in Zambia and the proliferation of foreign supermarket chain stores. However, this growth has translated into neither significant job creation nor significant poverty reduction...Supermarkets Regional growth Value chains
ProjectNatural resources, structural change, and industrial development in Africa
This project focuses on three specific areas that impact the pace of structural transformation and job creation in five emerging African natural resources economies: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.Natural resources Africa Extractive industries
Working PaperThe agro-processing industry and its potential for structural transformation of the Ghanaian economy
The paper explores the potential of Ghana’s agro-processing industry in contributing to the development and structural transformation of the economy...Agro-processing Economic growth Value chains
Working PaperIdentifying growth opportunities in the Southern African Development Community through regional value chains: The case of the animal feed to poultry value chain
This paper considers findings of studies analysing the development of a regional animal feed to poultry value chain in southern Africa (Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe)...Value chains southern Africa Poultry
Research BriefFood production competitiveness and regional growth in southern Africa: The animal-feed-to-poultry value chain
15-20% of local demand for poultry in South Africa is met by imports Evidence from Zambia suggests that capital investments in the value chain can increase local production Increased demand due to growing urban populations poses critical challenges f...Value chains Trade Poultry