The UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all.
The institute began operations over 30 years ago in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency – providing a range of services from policy advice to governments as well as freely available original research.
Over the period 2019–23, UNU-WIDER research is focused on the interlinked development challenges of transforming economies, states, and societies in support of achieving the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Three key concerns integrated throughout the research programme arefragility and risk, empowerment, knowledge and capacity.