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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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


Equal Rights — Unless You Are Pregnant

Delving into pregnancy discrimination, UNU-IIGH examines challenges and calls for equity.

25 May 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.



Pandemic Preparedness and Response Mechanisms and Initiatives

UNU-IIGH explores mechanisms and initiatives for effective pandemic response and provides vital insights for global health resilience.

23 May 2022


Financial Inclusion: A Way to Prevent Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This side-event to the High-level meeting of the General Assembly appraised the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.



The Challenge of Economic Inclusion in South Africa

Brian Levy and Alan Hirsch will discuss their recent research on strong institutions and inequality in South Africa.


Press Release

New UN Study Reveals Limited Impact of Tax and Social Protection Policies in the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa

Tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households and failed to offset the increase in poverty amid COVID-19.

04 Oct 2021