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

Short-term training courses

UNU-WIDER's popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Decent work and economic growth: Achieving SDG 8 is now open for registration. The course is organized as a 6-week, instructor-led online course, starting 2 October 2023. This course provides an in-depth look at new UNU-WIDER research on structural transformation, the developer's dilemma, and transforming informal work and livelihoods.

Our previous MOOC, Industrial Policy for the 21st century and the Challenge for Africa, is available as a self-paced learning experience with opportunities for interaction with other learners and a course instructor. This course outlines how industrial policy designed for the twenty-first century could support a broader set of economic activities and provide the growth, jobs, and industrialization needed in Africa.

UNU-WIDER organizes a range of short-term training courses. These trainings are linked to UNU-WIDER's research areas, offering participants opportunities to improve their research and policy analysis skills.

Opportunities for research collaborations

All vacancies, requests for research proposals, and calls for papers are announced here. Special attention is given to the inclusion of female and developing country researchers.

Visiting Scholars and PhD Fellowship programmes

Meet out most recent cohort of scholars and fellows here.

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.

UNU-WIDER Winter/Summer Schools

In 2022, UNU-WIDER launches a winter school programme on tax policy research for African researchers and analysts. Part one of the course is a 3-day online Stata and Statistics bootcamp to be held 31 May – 2 June 2022. Part two is an in-person course for one week, co-hosted with the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa during 11-16 July 2022.

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.