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 2021 the UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme will be delivered online. Applications closed 30 April 2021.

In September 2021, UNU-WIDER will run it's popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa 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 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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the PhD Fellowship programme will be delivered online in 2021. Details 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.

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.