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.
145 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperNew technologies create opportunities
This paper argues that new technologies—for communication, such as mobile phones and the internet, but also for manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and transport—have the potential to bridge many of the productivity gaps between sub-Sahar...Africa Industrialization Technology
BookThe Practice of Industrial Policy: Government–Business Coordination in Africa and East Asia
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Industrialization Industrial policy Structural transformation
WorkshopWorkshop – The National Treasury and UNU-WIDER
Journal ArticleExport Spillovers: Comparative Evidence From Kenya and Malaysia
Part of Journal Special Issue Learning to CompeteExport Spillovers Foreign Direct Investment Manufacturing
Working PaperVariation in structural change around the world, 1985–2015: Patterns, causes and implications
During 1985–2015, globalization intensified the factor-endowment-related pattern of sectoral specialization. In skill-abundant developed countries, manufacturing became more skill-intensive...structural change Industrialization Globalization
Working PaperRegional opportunities in East Africa
Significant progress has been made by the East African Community partner states in implementing the East African Community customs union...Exports Free trade Customs union
PresentationThird voice of social sciences international conference
The University of Dar es Salaam organized on 24-25 November 2016 a two-day conference with the theme 'Industrialization and social transformation: what is the role of social sciences?'
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by Justin Yifu Lin
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on New Structural Economics.Structural transformation Productivity Economic policy
AboutPhotos - AL15
Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 15.Structural transformation Productivity Economic policy
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by Ronald Findlay
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on The Trade-Development Nexus in Theory and History.International trade Industrialization History (Economics)
AboutPhotos - AL13
Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 13.International trade Industrialization History (Economics)
NewsPress release - AL13
Professor Ronald Findlay, Author of 'Power and Plenty' at United Nations University — WIDERInternational trade Industrialization History (Economics)
BlogExtractive industries and development – taxing profits and investing gains
Industries based on natural resources such as oil, gas, and minerals can play a major positive role in the development of low- and middle-income countries, however they can also lead to a very narrow kind of growth which excludes the poor and damages...Industrialization Natural resources
BlogLike it or not, poor countries are increasingly dependent on mining and oil & gas
The UNU-WIDER project on extractives for development seeks to examine how poor and middle-income countries can best use their natural resource wealth to promote development...Industrialization Natural resources
Working PaperMining-related national systems of innovation in southern Africa: National trajectories and regional integration
This paper explores the linkages between the national systems of innovation of Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and their respective mineral extraction and mineral processing value chains, including input industries...Industrialization Natural resources