UNU-WIDER Annual Report 2020

The year 2020 promised to be a big year for UNU-WIDER, with the celebration of its 35th anniversary, the 45th birthday of the United Nations University (UNU), and 75 years of the UN. But as the year began, the Institute’s focus quickly shifted away from celebrations and towards the more pressing concerns of an unprecedented global pandemic.

This publication, the first UNU-WIDER Annual Report, reflects on the achievements and research advancements of 2020 as the Institute reoriented its research focus to the potential socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic in the Global South. It also looks back at the key moments in its 35-year history and celebrates the WIDER Network that makes the achievements of UNU-WIDER possible.