The 2018 Think development - Think WIDER conference, held on 13-15 September in Helsinki, Finland, showcased UNU-WIDER, its work, and the many people and institutions that are engaged with it.
The conference held panel discussions on all of the main themes and findings of UNU-WIDER’s research during 2009-18 — finance, food and climate change; and transformation, inclusion and sustainability.
The event aimed to mobilize evidence and action around the 2030 SDG agenda and its goals.
The 2018 WIDER Annual Lecture was delivered by Professor Ernest Aryeetey. He discussed the political economy of structural transformation in Africa. The lecture looked at how various political regimes and economic policies have shaped the African development trajectory, and what are the necessary next steps for achieving economic transformation.
The past decade has seen increased attention on questions related to taxation and revenue in developing countries, from both policymakers and researchers. However, the quality of available cross-country tax and revenue data has remained seriously deficient, leading to potentially flawed research results and misplaced policy advice. Given our shared interests in supporting good research and good policy, UNU-WIDER is extremely happy to be partnering with the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) to host the Government Revenue Dataset (GRD).
An important motivation behind the creation of the dataset was concern about the quality and transparency of data from the IMF: publicly available data had significant limitations, while the private data used in much internal IMF research was not usually available to other researchers, and appeared to contain significant errors. The immediate goal was thus to provide better and more transparent data to researchers. A longer-term target has been to encourage international organizations, led by the IMF, to invest in higher-quality revenue data and to make that data publicly available.
This video series tells the story of Viet Nam’s data revolution. To build on its success in poverty reductions, the country needed better data to continue pressing forward through its ongoing economic transition. Researchers and policy makers are working together to get the information required to continue designing effective policies.
This interview series relates to the UNU-WIDER project 'Extractives for development'. The project focuses on the implications of natural resources and their management for economic development—aiming to find ways in which resource wealth could be managed successfully in developing countries; for instance by using the revenues from oil, gas and minerals for development and poverty reduction.