WIDERAngle September 2012 issue


ReCom highlights in the WIDERAngle September issue.

Climate Change and Development Policy: Competing Aims?
Yongfu Huang

The climate change crisis and development needs of the world's poor require us to acknowledge the necessity and urgency for both continued growth at the current pace, and rapid greening of this growth strategy. But are the aims of growth and environmental protection irredeemably incompatible? Full article.

Research Entering the Policy Domain
Carl-Gustav Lindén

The research project ReCom-Research and Communication on foreign aid, which is co-ordinated by UNU-WIDER with funding from the development agencies Danida and Sida, is now midway through its life. There is already a wide array of research produced and available to help aid policy and practice. As the complexity of aid projects and programmes increases so the importance of evidence from sound research becomes more important for sound aid policies. Full article.

Foreign Aid for Gender Equality: Future Agenda
Malokele Nanivazo and Lucy Scott

This is the second of a two-part article presenting key discussion points from the UNU-WIDER gender equality workshop held 12-13 July 2012, in Helsinki. The first part of this article discussed the priorities and internal challenges for donor agencies with respect to promoting gender equality and ensuring that it is, and remains, a priority. In this second part, we present some of the themes on which both researchers and donors could focus in order to maintain the relevance of aid at fostering gender equality. Full Article.

Unintended Consequences of Foreign Aid in Tanzania

How has foreign aid helped, and unintentionally hindered, Tanzania's democratic consolidation?

In the UNU-WIDER working paper 'Donor Assistance and Political Reform in Tanzania' Aili Mari Tripp assesses the impact donor assistance has had on Tanzania's democratic transition and consolidation. She argues that foreign assistance has in many ways directly strengthened democracy through support to civil society, parties, the media, legislature, and the judiciary, but that it has also had some, unintended, negative consequences on the quality of  the country's democracy. Full article.

Aid, Structural Change and the Private Sector in Africa

How can foreign assistance help to promote important structural changes in the economies of Africa?

In the WIDER working paper 'Aid, Structural Change, and the Private Sector in Africa', John Page argues that foreign aid has been partly responsible for the lack of structural change of the economies of Africa. Aid aimed at improving the investment climate has neglected to address two critical constraints: infrastructure and skills. Instead aid has been focused on low impact regulatory reforms. Page goes on to suggest a new agenda for aid aimed catalyzing private investment for structural change. Full article.