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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PresentationTechnology and Competitiveness in Vietnam
Professor Carol Newman and professor Finn Tarp , director of WIDER, gave a presentation about technology and competitiveness in Vietnam. Presentation slides
Working PaperExporting and Productivity: The Role of Ownership and Innovation in the Case of Vietnam
In this paper, we investigate the relationship between exporting and productivity in the case of Vietnam using an extensive firm level panel dataset for the period 2005-11...Business enterprises Commerce Organizational behavior
ReportWhat Do We Know About Aid as We Approach 2015?
The ReCom—Research and Communication on Foreign Aid—programme produced 240 original studies...Agriculture Children Climatic changes
Working PaperInnovation Capabilities for Sustainable Development in Africa
A sustainable pathway for Africa in the twenty-first century is laid out in the setting of the development of innovation capabilities and the capture of latecomer advantages...Economic development Industrial policy Economic aspects (Industrialization)
Working PaperModeling Fuel Choice Among Households in Northern Cameroon
The present study aims to explore economic and socio-demographic factors that influence the household’s probability to switch from firewood to clean fuels in northern Cameroon...Households Renewable energy sources Technological innovations
Working PaperInnovation at the World Bank: Selective Perspectives Over Three Decades 1975-2005
The World Bank is uniquely positioned to identify and disseminate innovative development practices...Economic development International agencies Technological innovations
BlogWhat can we Learn from Popular Representations of Development?
17 October 2013 David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock When asked why she wrote novels about poverty rather than gather what we would now call ‘hard’ data, the Victorian novelist George Eliot famously responded that ‘a pi...Economic development Methodology (Qualitative research) Mass media
Working PaperExplaining Positive Deviance in Public Sector Reforms in Development
Public sector reforms are commonplace in developing countries. Much of the literature about these reforms reflects on their failures...Bureaucracy Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperForeign Aid and Sustainable Fisheries Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
The fisheries sector in sub-Saharan Africa has benefited from high and increasing amounts of foreign aid for over four decades...Biodiversity conservation Econometric models Economic assistance and foreign aid
BlogTelling the Truth about Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Development…: It just happens to be an Inconvenient Truth
22 August 2013 Han Ei Chew I am compelled to let a rattling skeleton out of the closet of ICT and development...Information technology Technological innovations
BlogScience and Survival: Is an Agriculture-led Developmental Model the Way Forward for sub-Saharan Africa?
9 May 2013 Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen and Roger Williamson Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century , (edited by Adam Szirmai, Wim Naudé, and Ludovico Alcorta) a new book with important messages on industrial policy, particular...Agriculture Industrial policy Industrialization
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (April 2013)
30 April 2013 Tony Addison As April closes, our thoughts turn to UNU-WIDER’s spring/summer programme. And it’s a busy one...Economic aspects (Industrialization) Econometric models (Economic development) Economic aspects (Economic development)
Journal ArticleThe Economic Legacy of Civil War: Firm-level Evidence from Sierra Leone
Part of Journal Special Issue Entrepreneurship and ConflictEconomic development Econometric models (Economic development) Entrepreneurship
BookPathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms
Over the last two centuries, the experiences of the first wave of industrialized countries in Europe and the US, and the more recent experiences of the East Asian Tigers, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, India, and Vietnam, have illustrated the ...Industrial policy Industrialization Economic aspects (Industrialization)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (February 2013)
Tony Addison As the snow continues to lie deep across Helsinki, UNU-WIDER is putting the last touches to the ReCom results meeting on ‘aid and the social sectors’, which takes place at Sida in Stockholm on 13 March...Economic aspects (Industrialization) Econometric models (Economic development) Children