Sustainable Development Explorer
UNU has launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting ongoing work to support each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
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.
Working PaperConflict and development: Recent research advances and future agendas
We survey selected parts of the growing literature on the microeconomics of violent conflict, identifying where academic research has started to establish stylized facts and where methodological and knowledge gaps remain...Conflict Violence War
Working PaperNeeds vs expediency: Poverty reduction and social development in post-conflict countries
Conflict depletes all forms of human and social capital, as well as supporting institutions. The scale of the human damage can overwhelm public action, as there are many competing priorities and resources are often insufficient...Economic development Education National security
Working Paper‘Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Secondment in Somalia
Donors face distinct challenges in operating in fragile states and supporting the building of state capacity...Economic assistance and foreign aid Human rights Local government
Research BriefAid to Mozambique: A Trade-Off Between Governance and Democracy?
In Mozambique donors have shifted focus from project aid to budget support in an effort to reform the public sector and ‘justice, legality and public order’...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
BlogTaking Inequality into Account in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Rachel M. Gisselquist There is much to commend in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as we approach their target deadline of 2015...Conflict management Economic development Equality and inequality
Book ChapterThe Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique
From the book: Democratic Trajectories in AfricaBudget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Research BriefAid and Economic Growth: The Case of Sierra Leone
Phillip Michael Kargbo's UNU-WIDER working paper, 'Impact of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth in Sierra Leone: Empirical Analysis' examines the impact of foreign aid on growth in Sierra Leone using a variety of econometric approaches...Econometric models (Macroeconomics) Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogSexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Malokele Nanivazo Sexual violence crime (SV) in wartime is not a new phenomenon. Mass rapes have occurred in armed conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, to give just a few examples...Crime Education Humanitarian assistance
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (March 2012)
Tony Addison With the ice floes now gone from the harbour outside the UNU-WIDER building, and with the snow replaced by an icy hail, there is a glimmer of better days to come...Agriculture Budget Economic aspects (Nationalism)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (February 2012)
Tony Addison It’s now February, and Helsinki remains deep in snow. We had an extended blizzard last weekend, with temperatures hovering around minus five...Economic aspects (Human capital) Economic aspects (Nationalism) Democracy
Working PaperThe Changing Dynamics of Foreign Aid and Democracy in Mozambique
This study explores the effects of foreign aid on democracy in Mozambique during the last decade. Aid for democracy built on historic relationships forged between donors and the government during the wartime humanitarian emergency...Budget Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperImpact of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth in Sierra Leone: Empirical Analysis
This paper examines the impact of foreign aid on economic growth in Sierra Leone, a country where an empirical econometric study on aid effectiveness is yet to exist...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Econometric models (Macroeconomics)
Working PaperPopulation Size, Per Capita Income, and the Risk of Civil War: Regional Heterogeneity in the Structural Relationship Matters
A common finding in the empirical civil war literature is that population size and per capita income are highly significant predictors of civil war incidence and onset...Gross national product Income distribution Population
Book ChapterParadise Lost: The Costs of State Failure in the Pacific
From the book: Understanding Small-Island Developing StatesEconomic development International economic relations War
Book ChapterResources, Conflict, and State Fragility: Iraq and Somalia
From the book: Fragile StatesDemocratization Failed states Natural resources