What does COVID-19 mean for Africa?: Challenges, but also opportunities
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an exceptional social and economic crisis all over the world, with Africa among the hardest-hit regions. What are the...
Environmental change and economic development in Africa
The MIT Global Change Forum has gained an international reputation for serious, frank, and informed discussion of global climate change. The Forum...
New open access book - Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
On 14 April 2016 Oxford University Press (OUP) published UNU-WIDER’s first open access book, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, and Finn Tarp.
Sida Development Talks - Africa rising? Poverty and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
On 22 April 2016 UNU-WIDER visits the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to launch the new open access book Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Resulting from UNU-WIDER’s project on ’Reconciling Africa’s growth, poverty and...
22 April 2016
Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Sweden
WeiWei Chen on the political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia
WeiWei Chen will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 20 November 2019. Abstract - The political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia: a case study of Eastern Industry Park Conventional wisdom sees a large role for Chinese state-owned...
20 November 2019
UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, Helsinki, Finland
African development - myths and realities
Existing research on Africa has produced a seemingly endless list of reasons why African growth and poverty reduction record has lagged behind that of other regions of the developing world. This project looks at the reasons put forward for Africa’s...
Designing Africa's poverty strategies - expanding local capacity to simulate policy options
In 2003, UNU-WIDER launched its project on Designing Africa’s Poverty Strategies: Creating the Capacity for Policy Simulation to develop economic modelling capacity in African countries. The project director provided regular training workshops (14...
Tax policy reform in developing countries
See publications for work connected to this project.
Long-term development in the CFA-zone countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
Members of the CFA-zone enjoy currency convertibility, fiscal and monetary policies which are more prudent than SSA as a whole, and a large amount of financial and technical assistance. These advantages do not appear, however, to have resulted in...
Building African capacity for policy simulation
With the introduction of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), governments in Africa and other developing countries have been under great pressure to devise effective policies that will reduce poverty and...
Institutional capabilities, reform ownership and development in SSA
Past policies, an erroneous approach to adjustment, and 'geography' are repeatedly cited as explanations for Africa's poor performance. But, weaknesses in the institutional capacity of the African State may be as important. In particular, economic...
Underdevelopment, transition & reconstruction (UTR) in SSA
The development prospects in SSA are particularly problematic in those countries which adopted Soviet style planning in the 1970s, i.e. Angola, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Somalia. The policies of these countries...
Climate change and economic development in Africa
Africa: Climate Change and Economic Development Climate Change and Economic Development in Africa is the theme of the 38th plenary session of the African Economic Research Consortium’s (AERC) Biannual Research Workshop 2013.The session will feature...
2 June 2013
African economic growth: Productivity, policy syndromes and the importance of institutions
Speaker Augustin Kwasi Fosu, Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER. Recent evidence from an exhaustive political-economy study of growth of African economies – the Growth Project of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) - suggests that ‘policy...
9 October 2012
Seminar Room 3-4, Economicum, Arkadiankatu 7, Helsinki, Finland
Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
11 February 2021
12 February 2021
Online, Helsinki, Finland