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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BlogTackling the Main Causes of Child Mortality in Developing Countries: Evidence from Non-clinical Interventions
30 October 2013 Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Children have been at the centre of recent global efforts to improve well-being conditions in developing countries...Children Economic development Health
Working PaperDeterminants of Foreign Aid in Family Planning: How Relevant is the Mexico City Policy?
The Mexico City Policy (MCP) prohibits the United States Agency for International Development from providing aid to international non-governmental organizations that provide abortion-related services...Economic assistance and foreign aid Econometric models (Economic development) Families
Working PaperLand, Environment and Climate: Contributing to the Global Public Good
This paper discusses global public goods related to the world’s land resources, their current provision and likely future provision, their potential impacts on the world’s poorest households, as well as prospects for using foreign assista...Biodiversity conservation Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperA Review of External Assistance and Aid Effectiveness for Maternal and Child Health: Challenges and Opportunities
This paper primarily focuses on how global funding has supported interventions that have proven to be successful in reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality around the world...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects
BlogInclusive Growth in Africa
24 September 2013 Roger Williamson WIDER Annual Lecture 17 - President Martti Ahtisaari © UNU-WIDER/Alexander Zach Another big weekend for UNU-WIDER...Economic policy Equality and inequality Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogAid and our Changing Environment
4 July 2013 Roger Williamson On 4 June 2013 I attended an interesting effort on the part of UNU-WIDER to communicate research results to development policy makers and practitioners...Agriculture Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid
BlogA New Agenda for a New World
24 June 2013 Minister Gunilla Carlson Like every political agenda, the post-2015 agenda must be firmly based in a reality check...Economic development Emigration and immigration Free trade
BlogPositioning the Climate Finance in the post-2015 Development Agenda
24 June 2013 Aziz Karimov By the end of 2015, we will see a new global development agenda which will substitute the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)...Climatic changes Finance Millennium Development Goals
BlogGood Governance: Is it about Appearance or Action?
27 May 2013 Matt Andrews, Harvard Kennedy School A growing governance agenda and post-2015 ambitions The governance agenda has grown rapidly in the international development community...Globalization Government accountability International agencies
BlogDevelopment Agenda after 2015: Finishing the Job we have Started
9 May 2013 Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development Imagine a world where global poverty is at a record low; growth in Africa—at a record high; EU development aid—unprecedentedly generous...Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Environment
BlogThe Polarized post-2015 Development Puzzle: The Poorest still Fall Behind
23 April 2013 Marikki Stocchetti 2015 will mark a moment of truth for the international community as the era of the Millennium Development agenda (2000-15) comes to an end...Children Millennium Development Goals Poverty
BlogSharing for Prosperity
17 April 2013 Minister Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås Economic growth in itself will not end poverty...Children Democracy Economic growth
BlogAid and the Social Sectors: Reflections from the Stockholm Results Meeting
17 April 2013 Tony Addison and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa We learnt much from the ReCom Results meeting on 13th March in Stockholm on aid and the social sectors...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth
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
BlogWe Need to Go to Zero!
Christian Friis Bach A family living in an urban slum in Sonagachi, Kolkata, India...Equality and inequality Food security Human rights
BlogThe Present Development Debate and Beyond
Finn Tarp The current global development agenda is centred on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established at the turn of the Millennium. They have an overall target date of 2015, less than two years from now...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Millennium Development Goals