Capacity development is an integral part of knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer and is, as such, present throughout UNU-WIDER’s work programme.

UNU-WIDER has been increasing the number of its developing country research collaborators and is stepping up its engagement with younger researchers.


In September 2019, UNU-WIDER launched its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa. The 4-week, self-paced course with John Page, senior researcher at UNU-WIDER and the Brookings Institution, outlines how industrial policy designed for the 21st century could support a broader set of economic activities and provide the growth, jobs and industrialization needed in Africa.

In Cape Town, South Africa

In 2019 UNU-WIDER launched a summer school programme on applied labour economics. UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at University of Cape Town (UCT), held the 2-week intensive UNU-WIDER Summer School on applied labour economics in Cape Town 18-29 November 2019.

In Helsinki, Finland

Both the Visiting Scholars and the Visiting PhD Fellowship programmes have been re-invigorated and are linked closely to the research programme. Special attention is given to the inclusion of female and developing country researchers.

The WIDER Seminar Series — open to local and visiting researchers, policy makers, and others interested in development topics — is held on Wednesday afternoons at UNU-WIDER offices.

In Accra, Ghana

UNU-WIDER also supports younger researchers through its contribution to the PhD programme in development economics at the University of Ghana. The programme involves knowledge transfer and embeds these students within UNU-WIDER’s research programme, furthering their own talents in delivering quality assured research that can be disseminated through UNU-WIDER’s communication arm.