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– Three challenges limiting the potential for inclusive growth
Haroon Bhorat, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Historically, the African continent has been largely dismissed as a case of regional economic delinquency, with the levels of growth necessary to reduce poverty and inequality deemed to be consistently unattainable. In the last decade, however, significantly higher levels of...

– The case of Viet Nam
Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

The quality and availability of data has become an international priority highlighted by the call for a data revolution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Researchers and policy makers have responded to this call in the Vietnamese context through the Viet Nam Access to Resources...

Ricardo Santos, Vincenzo Salvucci - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon involving things other than consumption — such as access to and quality of health and education, housing, possession of durable goods, freedom, and many other factors. The consumption and multidimensional poverty approaches are complementary: it is...

Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Development assistance to fragile states and conflict-affected areas is a core component of peacebuilding. It includes support for the restoration of core government functions, delivery of basic services, the rule of law, and economic revitalization. Yet, while aid has been among the largest...

– Significant progress but challenges remain
Ricardo Santos, Vincenzo Salvucci - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

In 1990, Mozambique was one of the poorest countries in the world, with poverty estimated to reach 80% of the total population. At that stage, a Millennium Development Goal of reducing this proportion by half posed a very difficult target to meet. After the ‘war of destabilization’ in...

Rachel M. Gisselquist, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Experimental studies using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are a powerful tool in policy analysis. They have been sometimes hailed as the best means of identifying ‘what works’ in development policy. However, it would be unwise to rely solely on findings from RCTs to guide policy...

– The challenge of industrialization
Carol Newman, John Page, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

International goals and Africa’s aspirations The international community has a new set of development goals, and they reflect Africa’s aspirations much more closely than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they replaced. Their single most important contribution is to recognize...

– How to support effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions for sustainable development?
Rachel M. Gisselquist, Danielle Resnick - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Aiding government effectiveness in developing countries has been a priority issue for the international donor community since the 1990s. With the Paris Declaration in 1994, donors further committed to aiding government effectiveness in a manner consistent with local ownership and harmonization...

– Creating good jobs in Africa
Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

The prevailing narrative about growth and development in Africa has shifted dramatically. During the1980s and 90s pessimism abounded. Today, a more optimistic narrative of development in the region largely reigns. However challenges still remain. In particular structural transformation has been...

– Evidence from a 16 country study
Channing Arndt, Andy McKay, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

While the recovery and acceleration of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since about 1995 has been widely recognized, much less is known about the extent to which this growth has been translated into improvements in welfare for the population in general and poverty reduction in...

Tony Addison, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2015 - Helsinki, Finland

The design and implementation of effective aid policy requires a deeper understanding of the impact of aid and the overall environment in which development aid operates. This policy brief addresses four areas which are key to understanding how aid works: the relationship between aid and economic...

Per Pinstrup-Andersen - UNU-WIDER, 2015 - Helsinki, Finland

This policy brief explains how developing country governments responded to increasing food price volatility - and explains why they responded as they did. Although lip service was paid to structural changes in the food systems, there is few signs that the food crisis led to enduring shifts in...

Ravi Kanbur, Jukka Pirttilä - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

This policy brief examines the impact behavioral economics could have on development policy. In the last two decades, questioning of the economics textbook model of individual choice behavior has accelerated. It has become clear that the cost of assuming 100 per cent rationality has exceeded the...

– Policy Changes and Lessons
Giovanni Andrea Cornia - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

This policy brief examines the determinants of the recent decline of income inequality in Latin America. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century the region has enhanced its growth performance, reduced social polarization, and improved macroeconomic stability. The most striking change...

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– Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid
Danielle Resnick - UNU Press, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

When, why and how has foreign aid facilitated, or hindered, democracy in recipient countries? Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, this policy brief examines the impact of foreign aid on supporting transitions from one-party to multiparty regimes, preventing democratic breakdown and the erosion of civil...

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– Understanding Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries
Wim Naudé, Tilman Brück, Philip Verwimp - UNU Press, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

Although the impacts of violent conflict on investment, production, incomes and inequality have been widely studied on an aggregate level, comparatively less is known about the more diverse impacts of such conflict at the micro (particularly firm) level. Understanding such impacts can improve...

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