2021 WIDER Development Conference: COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South
The 2021 WIDER Development Conference will take place online during 6-8 September 2021. The three-day conference will provide a platform for sharing knowledge on the effects of the pandemic in different regions across the Global South with the aim of connecting research and policy communities around the world to discuss how to move forward.Register now
WIDER Webinar Series
How is COVID-19 changing development?
The 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.Read more
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 | 30 August - 1 September 2021 | Helsinki, Finland
This conference will bring together academic community, policy-makers and practitioners to solicit new thinking on the challenges and policy recommendations for LDCs for the next decade.Read more
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.Read more
24 past and upcoming events
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 8 - Rethinking Growth Strategies
This lecture, ‘Rethinking Growth Strategies’, focuses on growth because we can all agree that achieving sustained poverty reduction around the world will be practically impossible unless economic growth is achieved in poor countries.
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 7 - Global Labor Standards and Local Freedoms
The 2003 Annual Lecture was given by Professor Kaushik Basu of Cornell University on the topic of ‘Global Labour Standards and Freedom of Choice’, and took place at Ritarihuone in Helsinki on 10 November.
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 6 - Winners and Losers in Two Centuries of Globalization
Professor Jeffrey Williamson of Harvard University accepted the invitation to deliver the 2002 Annual Lecture entitled ‘Winners and Losers in Two Centuries of Globalization’. It took place at the University of Copenhagen on 5 September 2002.
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 5 - Horizontal Inequality: A Neglected Dimension of Development
This lecture will focus on horizontal inequality, i.e. inequality among culturally defined groups (e.g. the Malays and Chinese in Malaysia, Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, or Catholic and Protestants in N.Ireland), and the implications this has for...
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 4 - Globalization and Appropriate Governance
Globalization has come in for indiscriminate attack from critics who do not distinguish between different types of globalization (e.g. freer trade, freer capital flows, freer direct investment, and freer immigration) or between very different but...
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 3 - Is Rising Income Inequality Inevitable? A Critique of the Transatlantic Consensus
Many people believe that rising income inequality is inevitable. It is the result of forces, such as technological change, over which we have no control, or of developments such as globalisation, which are irreversible.
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 2 - More Instruments and Broader Goals: Moving toward the Post-Washington Consensus
Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz discussed the new thinking in development economics that goes beyond the Washington consensus about macroeconomic fundamentals and examine how the government can act as a complement to markets.
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 1 - The New Institutional Economics and its contribution to improving our understanding of the transition problem
Although a growing number of emerging democracies and other systems are turning to free market policies to spur their economic growth, many of them are finding that these policies are not always successful.