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
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WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
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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.
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PresentationUrbanization and development in Asia: Multidimensional perspectives
Presenter: Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, UNDP Nepal, formerly UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow. Over the last few decades, globalization has had a visible effect on urbanization and migration patterns across much of Asia. Analyses of migration patterns...
SeminarUrban governance and service delivery in Africa
Africa is one of the fastest urbanizing regions of the world. On the one hand, this demographic transformation offers important opportunities for growth, economic development, and innovation. On the other hand, rapid urbanization generates high...
BookUrbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives
The 20th century was one of rapid urbanization—that is urbanization by urban growth, and by rural-to-urban migration...Economic development Urban economics Urban planning
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (June-July 2012)
Tony Addison I started writing this ‘From the Editor’s Desk’ in Accra, to the sound of an African drum band, preparing for a ceremony to mark the launch of the joint University of Ghana-UNU-WIDER Research and Post-Graduate Teaching ...Economic aspects (Informal sector (Economics)) Environmental aspects (Economic development) Economic development
BlogUrbanization and Development in Asia: Linkages with Globalization and Migration
Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, was the venue for the launch on 16 June 2012 of the just-published UNU-WIDER book Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives , edited by Jo...Economic development Economic growth Emigration and immigration
Working PaperCan Cities or Towns Drive African Development? Economy-wide Analysis for Ethiopia and Uganda
Rapid urbanization is an important characteristic of African development and yet the structural transformation debate focuses on agriculture’s relative merits without also considering the benefits from urban agglomeration...Economic development Gross national product Poverty
Working PaperDonor Assistance and Urban Service Delivery in Africa
Sub-Saharan African cities have been growing at historically unprecedented rates. Since the early 1970s, they have welcomed international assistance involving a succession of major thematic objectives...Central planning Local government Urban planning
Working PaperThe Effects of Rural Land Right Security on Labour Structural Transformation and Urbanization: Evidence from Thailand
This paper attempts to contribute to the understanding of the impacts of secure rural agricultural land rights on labour structural transformation from agriculture to non-agriculture as well as on urbanization, with a specific focus on Thailand...Labor Land tenure Rural development
PresentationGroup visit by American Women’s Club
‘Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress, Setbacks, and New Directions’ by Danielle Resnick. In the past twenty years, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have experienced significant strides towards becoming more democratic as...
Book ChapterCreating Place for the Displaced: Migration and Urbanization in Asia
From the book: Urbanization and Development in AsiaEmigration and immigration Urban economics Urban planning
Book ChapterGlobalization and Exclusionary Urban Growth in Asian Countries
From the book: Urbanization and Development in AsiaGlobalization Migration, Internal Government policy (Poor)
Book ChapterICT Sector, Globalization, and Urban Economic Growth: Evidence from Bangalore
From the book: Urbanization and Development in AsiaEconomic development Globalization Urban economics
Book ChapterModerating Urbanization and Managing Growth: Can Colombo Prevent the Emerging Chaos?
From the book: Urbanization and Development in AsiaEconomic development Economic policy Urban planning
Book ChapterRe-thinking the Latin American City
From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st CenturyQuality of life Urban economics Urban planning
Book ChapterUrban Violence, Quality of Life, and the Future of Latin American Cities: The Dismal Record So Far and the Search for New Analytical Frameworks to Sustain the Bias towards Hope
From the book: Latin American Urban Development into the 21st CenturyQuality of life Urban economics Urbanization