Mozambique's difficult decade: Three lessons to inform next steps
At the start of the last decade, Mozambique’s prospects looked stellar. Following from the early 1990s, when peace finally arrived after a devastating...
Project workshop: Fiscal states – the origins and development implications
15 June 2021
22 June 2021
Online, Helsinki, Finland
Doing business in a deals world
The World Bank’s Doing Business reports have evoked an intense policy debate about whether countries should simplify regulatory rules in order to stimulate investment and growth, or make them more stringent in order to achieve public policy...
How (not) to build state capability
Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such states can raise the necessary...
How (not) to build state capability in developing countries
20 January 2020
Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals , Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, Barcelona, Spain
COVID-19 and the State —comparative experiences in the Global South
22 November 2021
23 November 2021
Rachel Gisselquist at Finland's Development Policy Days 2021
Rachel M. Gisselquist joins a panel discussion at the annual Development Policy Days event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland. The event is held 9-10 November 2021 both online and at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki from 8:30 – 16:30. Rachel...
9 November 2021
10 November 2021
COVID-19 impact and policy response across Indian States
The researchers under this component of The state and statebuilding in the Global South – international and local interactions project meet to discuss ongoing research on 'COVID-19 and the state —comparative experiences in the Global South'...
2 December 2021
3 December 2021
Subnational governance in Ghana – does decentralization improve democratic outcomes?
UNU-WIDER researchers in The state and statebuilding in the Global South — international and local interactions project attend an authors’ workshop at the London School of Economics. ( Download programme). Rachel Gisselquist, Daniel Chachu, and...
13 December 2021
14 December 2021
Online, United Kingdom
Local governance in Ghana is more complicated than central versus regional
Measuring the effectiveness of local government in Ghana is hampered by incomplete records, but despite that there are still visible patterns, write...
Fiscal states in developing economies: Why do they matter and where do they come from?
Modern states are complex organizations which perform a broad range of functions. They have an important role in economic and human development. The...
State assigned property rights and revenue collection in sub-Saharan Africa
Across sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries there are striking differences in citizen willingness to pay taxes. For example, in Mali, Senegal, and...
Tax revenues and tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa
African countries raise lower amounts of tax as a share of national income (GDP) than other countries. Researchers are interested in understanding why...
Press release - Professor Kunal Sen starts as the director of UNU-WIDER
‘Economic transformation needs to be accompanied by political and social transformations if we are to see drastic increases in human wellbeing’