Following a significant decline in global poverty from 2015-2018, the impacts of the COIVD-19 pandemic pushed the poverty rate up 9.2 per cent in 2020. This was the first increase in extreme poverty since 1998 and was a major setback in achieving SDG 1. Ending global poverty by 2030 will require more than closing an income gap — it will rely on institutions and opportunities that promote equality, including access to resources, gender, employment, housing, and health.

Working to alleviate poverty has been part of the UNU agenda for four decades. Ongoing research focuses on the socio-economic drivers and consequences for households on the move to find solutions to poverty, at both ends of the migration path. The UNU economic toolbox uses sustainable benefit models to guide developing countries as they create social protection systems.

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Financial Inclusion is Key to Reducing Haiti’s Vulnerability to Modern Slavery

For World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we explore how financial inclusion can be strengthened to protect vulnerable Haitians from exploitation.

28 Jul 2023


From Left Behind to Staying Back: Rethinking Policy Responses to Children in Migrant Households

Presenting new research and analysis that challenges dominant policy and practice narratives on stay behind children.



Earth Shattering: Financial Engagement at the Nexus of Modern Slavery and Natural Resources in Africa

Promoting synchronized action to tackle risks and abuses in cocoa production and gold mining value chains in Ghana.

24 Jul 2023


Revving Up Revenue for Development – The Role of Domestic Resource Mobilization

OSLO: The WIDER Development Conference on the role of domestic revenue mobilization in development takes place in during 6-8 September, 2023.



How Can Tax-benefit Systems Support Households Through Crisis?

On 13 December 2022, UNU-WIDER will host a webinar, 'How Can Tax-benefit Systems Support Households Through Crisis?'



Knowledge and Innovation: Investment for a New Africa

UNU-IAS will co-organise a session at the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) to be held in Tunis, Tunisia.



Call for Papers: Annual Jobs and Development Conference

Papers are now being accepted for the 6th Jobs and Development Conference which will take place from 14–15 December 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.

15 Jun 2022


Overcoming Underdevelopment — Lessons from the Bangladesh Journey

UNU-WIDER will host the webinar “Overcoming Underdevelopment — Lessons from the Bangladesh Journey” with guest K. A. S. Murshid.