From the editor's desk.

Author:Addison, Tony

26 March 2014

Looking over recent UNU-WIDER publications, I am struck by the diversity of topics and countries that we have managed to cover. Our new output includes Andrea Cornia's book Falling Inequality in Latin America: Policy Changes and Lessons (Oxford University Press for UNU-WIDER); the Open Access special issue of the Review of Income and Wealth, on 'Poverty, Development, and Behavioral Economics', edited by Markus J?ntti, Ravi Kanbur, and Jukka Pirttil?; and many papers including Rachel Gisselquist on ethnic politics (in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics) and Katarina Juselius, Niels Framroze M?ller, and Finn Tarp on aid's long-run impact in Africa (in the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics), to mention just a few.

This range of interesting research is one reason why UNU-WIDER is such a stimulating place to work in, and to visit--whether through our visiting scholar and PhD internship programmes, or via our conferences and project meetings. One learns something every day--at least I do.

Turning to this March issue of Angle, we begin with an article by Finn Tarp, UNU-WIDER's Director, on whether aid makes economic sense. Many folk doubt the economic return on aid. Finn's piece might help change a few minds. The research comes from our ReCom programme-research and communication on foreign aid. Talking of ReCom, we have worked hard over the last month to produce a paper summarizing the lessons of ReCom for the role of aid post-2015, and the now very active debate going on in the UN and elsewhere. You can find the piece here.

The second piece is by myself; some reflections from a recent meeting of Nordic donors on development co-operation. The event, moderated by Finn Tarp, asked some useful questions about the post-2015 development agenda, and led me to think about the potential Nordic role some more, as the Nordic region has in many ways a distinctive economic model that has also been highly inclusive.

GUESTAngle this month has a focus on inclusive growth in Africa by Roger Williamson of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. Roger's article discusses some of the outcomes from our 2013 Inclusive Growth in Africa conference. Inclusive growth, and its link to structural transformation in Africa, will remain a big theme for us in the new UNU-WIDER work programme.

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