• WIDER Webinar Series

    How is COVID-19 changing development? 

    The new webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists to present new research on the implications they foresee of COVID-19 for global development efforts and the economic and social impacts for the Global South. 

    Register to join the webinar live for your chance to ask questions and engage in the discussion! See the current list and registration links for the upcoming webinars.

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    Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Recordings from the two day online conference convened by UNU-WIDER on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa are now available.

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    UN at 75: slow death or a new direction?

     Annual Lecture 24 | Mark Malloch-Brown 

    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?


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    Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries – Towards LDC-V

    Conference | 12-14 May 2021 | Helsinki, Finland 

    UNU-WIDER in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a three-day conference on transforming economies. Featuring presentations from leading scholars including Richard Baldwin, Seema Jayachandran, Ravi Kanbur, Naila Kabeer and UN ASG Elliott Harris, this WIDER Development Conference provides a forum to discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research and its policy take-aways on the challenges for productive job creation in many different country contexts, across all developing regions.

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    WIDER Seminar Series

    The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. The weekly sessions held in Helsinki are open to local and visiting researchers, policy makers, and others working on development topics.

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