Transforming economies, states, and societies
At its core, development is about the well-being of people. But it is also about creating societies which provide fundamental rights and just social political outcomes. Sustainable and inclusive development requires transformative changes across three fundamental areas: in the structures of economies, in the state, and institutions that govern social and market interactions and broader developmental processes, and in society itself. These transformations are central to the achievement of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2019–23 UNU-WIDER work programme focuses on the interlinked development challenges of transforming economies, states, and societies and maps them against SDGs 5, 8, 10, 16, 17. By mobilizing research evidence for action through the ongoing processes in the UN and its member states, the institute continues to work with stakeholders to strengthen capacities for research, technical, and policy analysis, and facilitate exchange of experiences and knowledge towards bold and collaborative development solutions for countries and regions around the world.
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158 active and previous projects
Transforming statesEffects of Swedish and international democracy support Democracy Development aid Aid effectiveness
Transforming societiesAddressing group-based inequalities Group-based inequality Horizontal inequality Global inequality
Transforming statesClientelist politics and economic development – theories, perspectives and new directions Clientelism Politics Economic development
Transforming statesInequality and governance in unstable democracies – the mediating role of trust Governance Trust Economic inequality
Transforming societiesThe changing nature of work and inequality Inequality Earnings inequality Structural change
2018-19Conference on transforming economies – for better jobs
The creation of productive jobs for both men and women are essential preconditions for the achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on decent work and gender equality. The conference engages current debates around the future of work in the...
Transforming economiesSustainable development solutions for Tanzania – strengthening research to achieve SDGs SDGs Sustainable development Research institutes
Transforming societiesWomen's work – routes to economic and social empowerment Women's economic empowerment Female labour force participation Gender equality
Transforming societiesSocial mobility in the Global South – concepts, measures, and determinants Social mobility intergenerational inequality Equality of opportunity
Transforming economiesTransforming informal work and livelihoods Informality Self-employment Poverty
2018-192018 Nordic conference on development economics
The conference aims at bringing together Nordic and international scholars for the exchange of ideas and discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied development economics research.
2016-17Conference on migration and mobility – new frontiers for research and policy
Migration and mobility are key facets of our increasingly globalized world, posing challenges but also offering opportunities. For migrants, this may include economic and social mobility, as well as improved physical security and an escape from...