30 years of research excellence

Last year UNU-WIDER celebrated 30 years of independent and interdisciplinary research. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all.

About UNU-WIDER

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all.

The Institute began operations over 30 years ago in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency – providing a range of services from policy advice to governments as well as freely available original research.

Our mission

The Institute is funded through an endowment fund with additional contributions from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.