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Joseph Bullough - The Rise Programme, 2021

On the third day of the annual UNU-WIDER Conference on 8 September, RISE presented findings from three studies on COVID-19's impact on education systems. These studies underline the urgent need to remediate learning losses, but they also illustrate how systems can ‘build back better...

Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Around the world, the pandemic, and the measures taken to address it, have had far reaching effects on poverty, inequality, and governance.  And even as the need for global action has increased, many wealthy countries have turned inwards — with closed borders, stockpiling of vaccines,...

Ruby Richardson - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The opening keynote of the recent WIDER Development Conference, COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South, was given by Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, an accomplished economist with several...

Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019

The World Bank recently estimated that two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries are at risk of automation. This shocking statistic raises an important question: ‘What can policy makers do to prepare for this tech revolution?’ From 11-13 September UNU-WIDER hosted our 2019...

– Views from Experts
Timothy Shipp - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland. Over three days, participants from fifty-nine countries gathered at the Marina Congress Center to discuss the past, present, and future of development economics...

Tony Addison - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

It’s early July and I’m back in Maputo, Mozambique, looking over the calm sea at the boats that fish the waters for the seafood that makes visiting this part of Africa such a treat. The sunset here is a delicate combination of pale turquoise, light grey, and warm pink. Coming from the...

Blog
Lual A. Deng - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

In my last blog I wrote about the common factors at play in political and economic transitions. Using the case of South Sudan, I demonstrated how these factors laid the groundwork for a fragility trap. In this post, I explain what this means.  Fragility trap as conceptualized by...

Lual A. Deng - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

What does it mean to be a fragile state? According to the IMF, fragile states are those in ‘which the government is unable to reliably deliver basic public services to the population – [they] face severe and entrenched obstacles to economic and human development.’ It is with...

Sanjula Weerasinghe, Michele Klein Solomon - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

No country is immune from unexpected crises, such as sudden breakouts of violence, war, or natural disasters. Even if some can be predicted, experience shows that the intensity, scale, and geographic spread of crises cannot be forecast with any kind of certainty.  One particularly...

Sonia R. Bhalotra, Damian Clarke - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Every single day, approximately 830 women die from causes related to childbirth. Despite considerable advances in maternal health over the last three decades (Hogan et al. 2010) as well as worldwide commitment to reducing maternal deaths, sufficient reductions have not been achieved. These deaths...

Blog
Roger Williamson - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

The ‘Responding to crises’ conference was marked by wide range of topics. Opening the event was former Finnish Defence Minister and UN Special Rapporteur, Elisabeth Rehn, who gave us the benefit of her experience, not least in the impact of war on women and girls, and the need to...

Paul Shaffer - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

I had the pleasure of attending UNU-WIDER’s ‘Responding to crises’ conference last week. The theme was highly topical and session topics far-reaching, which makes the task of teasing out core ideas difficult. It may seem, as a result, that research on crises occurs in silos....

Roger Williamson - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Crisis can mean different things to different people. In response to this week's WIDER conference, we must ask ‘Which crises, and crises for whom?’. The crises with the biggest impact may be long-term rather than short-lived.  A good analytical approach, I believe, is...

Finn Tarp, Sinikka Parviainen - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

In our previous blog, we looked at some of the key facts about international migration and identified a few areas that, from an economist’s perspective, need attention. However, the question still stands: how should the international community respond to migration and refugees? There are...

Sinikka Parviainen, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Few issues have been so contentious in recent years as international migration. The refugee crisis sparked not least by the Syrian war has shown that policies governing migration are in a tangle. To quote Jeffrey Sachs’ recent article (2016): ‘There is no international regime that...

Tony Addison - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Although sometimes over used, the word 'crisis' accurately describes many challenges of today's world, such as climage change, war and refugees, economic volatility, pandemics, and the continuing unmet needs of the poor, hungry, and neglected. While much has been achieved...

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