29 January 2015
We are now into 2015, and the year is already gathering speed. 2015 is of course the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and a major year in global development with the conclusion of the MDG process, and the start of a new chapter with the SDGs. For UNU-WIDER it is the year of our 30th anniversary. Amid all the celebration though, we have the continuing Ebola crisis in West Africa, the upcoming Paris climate conference (2014 being the world's hottest year on record), and conflict taking new and deadly forms in Iraq, Nigeria, and Syria.
In Angle land we start the year with a piece by UNU-WIDER director Finn Tarp and myself on UNU-WIDER's 30 years. Many Angle readers will know our story well, having been to our conferences or perhaps having visited the Institute in Helsinki through our PhD internship and Visiting Scholar programmes. But many readers might never have visited us, and know us only through our publications, our website, and (increasingly) our presence on sites such as YouTube.
Poverty and its reduction has always been a central concern for UNU-WIDER. In this Angle Jukka Pirttila discusses some recent research on poverty using behavioural economics. On this topic, our special issue of the Review of Income and Wealth edited by Markus Jantti, Ravi Kanbur, and Jukka Pirttila can be found here. As with almost all UNU-WIDER's recent journal articles, it is open access.
The conclusions of our project on the political economy of food price policy are now out as a book edited by Per Pinstrup-Andersen of Cornell University, part of UNU-WIDER's Oxford University Press series. The book will be launched in Delhi and Washington DC soon--you can find more details of these events here. In ResearchAngle we present the Bangladesh study from this project. Bangladesh has done well, but many people are still vulnerable to food price shocks.
RESEARCHAngle also reports on recent UNU-WIDER research on aid and the empowerment of women. The Aid and Gender Position Paper produced under our ReCom project is to be recommended and there are many interesting videos on the topic here, including an interview with Amartya Sen.
Last year's activities created a firm base...