This is what we do – UNU-WIDER work programme
Our 2019-23 work programme concentrates on a wider conception of development, aimed at overcoming the three challenges of transforming economies, states, and societies. These transformations are central to the achievement of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
154 active and previous projects
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 Sustainable Development Goals 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...
TransformationAsian transformations - an inquiry into the development of nations Asia Economic transformation Cross-country analysis
TransformationTowards inclusive development in Myanmar Inclusive growth Economic reform Industrial policy
TransformationNatural resources, structural change, and industrial development in Africa
This project focuses on three specific areas that impact the pace of structural transformation and job creation in five emerging African natural resources economies: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.Natural resources Africa Extractive industries
2016-17Conference on human capital and growth
Human capital has been identified not only as a key determinant of growth and poverty alleviation, but as critical for human development. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), have...
2016-17Conference on responding to crises
The ‘Responding to crises’ conference aimed to improve knowledge about ongoing, unexpected, and future crises, and to discuss the options available for responses by governments, international agencies, NGOs, civil society and private...