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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

Large food price fluctuations—caused primarily by extreme weather events, market disruptions, investor behaviour and government policy—began in the world market in 2007 and presented serious challenges for governments, private traders, farmers and consumers. A collaborative project...

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

Policy design principles based on insights from psychology and economics could have a major impact on the effectiveness of policy implementation in areas such as under-saving, contract design, the measurement of vulnerability, and political support for redistributive policies both in the global...

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

For the last quarter of the twentieth century, Latin America suffered from low growth, rising inequality, and frequent fi nancial crises. However, since the beginning of the twenty-fi rst century the region has enhanced its growth performance, reduced social polarization, and improved...

Policy Brief pdf
– 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...

Policy Brief pdf
– 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...

Policy Brief pdf
Wim Naudé, Adam Szirmai - UNU Press, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

New challenges and emerging paradigms have turned industrialization and industrial policy into one of the most hotly debated and interesting issues of the early twenty-first century. Both the role of manufacturing in economic development and the contributions of industrial policy are contested. In...

Policy Brief pdf
– Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World
Augustin Kwasi Fosu - UNU Press, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

What can the less well-off developing countries learn from the ’successes’ of other developing countries? This Policy Brief highlights successful development strategies and lessons from in-depth case studies of select countries from the developing world. The coverage includes East Asia...

Policy Brief pdf
– Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries
Augustin Kwasi Fosu - UNU Press, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

What, if anything, can today's developing countries learn from the past strategies of more advanced countries? the answer is 'a great deal', despite the obvious fact that the development environment has changed significantly. Based on 11 themes, this Policy Brief highlights the...

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