From the editor's desk.

Author:Addison, Tony

With this issue, Angle returns refreshed from its Nordic summer break. The sun continues to shine on the Baltic, although it is getting noticeably chillier as we now head into the autumn. To keep our spirits up we have a very active programme of events for the rest of the year. This Angle brings you news of some of them, as well as reports on recent ones.


We begin with a report-back from an important event UNU-WIDER held with the World Bank in June to launch a special issue of the Journal of Economic Inequality edited by Luc Christiaensen and Tony Shorrocks. The topic was on how to incorporate time into the measurement of well-being and poverty ('poverty dynamics'). Some people remain in poverty all their lives (the 'chronically poor'), while some people experience spells in poverty, but are non-poor for part of their life. Poverty is especially bad in the early years of life, as it is often associated with malnutrition that affects physical development and educational participation and learning. Poverty measurements are usually 'snapshots' at one point in time. But how to bring time into the measurement of poverty is a tricky conceptual and empirical issue. UNU-WIDER has undertaken a great deal of research on poverty and human development over the years; this new special issue is an excellent and timely addition.

Our programme of work on Research and Communication on Foreign Aid-ReCom continues apace. One of the five themes is aid and gender (go here for the others). In this issue of Angle, Malokele Nanivazo and Lucy Scott discuss the first workshop held in July on the aid and gender issue. Aid donors show varying amounts of commitment to the gender dimension of their work, with some being very progressive, while others--including some of the biggest--seem to be surprisingly tardy. How to scale up good gender interventions is one key issue for the ReCom aid and gender theme, another is how to transfer the lessons of experience across countries--and especially into Africa.

Over the last three years UNU-WIDER has stepped up its engagement with climate change as a key development issue; particularly looking at the tradeoffs and complementarities between goals, but also investigating in-depth the issues for selected countries. One example is UNU-WIDER's work in Vietnam in partnership with the Central Institute of Economic Management of Vietnam and the University of Copenhagen. A workshop to launch a joint study...

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