Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Informal work in sub-Saharan Africa Dead end or steppingstone?

Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labour markets of many low- and middle-income countries. A key issue in this regard concerns the … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Understanding the relationship between Poverty and Inequality

In this report we summarise the findings from a series of papers that explore the relationships between poverty measured in various ways and inequalities in people’s incomes. This programme of … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Debt and human rights

The purpose of the present report is to assist in understanding–and also to unravel, denounce and offer recommendations to tackle–human rights violations in the context of private debt, focusing specifically … Continue reading

Thursday, 6 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century

The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread, is inequality. … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Protecting the entrepreneurial poor: A human rights approach

[Article behind paywall] Half of the working poor in developing countries are informal entrepreneurs – they make a living by engaging in commercial activities in the shadow economy. A series … Continue reading

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Informality – addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America

WIDER 2019 Annual lecture was delivered by Santiago Levy and discussed the challenges of social protection in economies with large informal sectors, such as in Latin America. Currently less than … Continue reading

Sunday, 5 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Street Vending and Competitive Advantage: Towards Building a Theoretical Framework

The study examines the strategies adopted by street vendors or hawkers in Ghana in a bid to gain competitive advantage. Drawing on six focus group meetings held with street vendors … Continue reading

Thursday, 2 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Explaining and tackling the informal economy: an evaluation of competing perspectives

This paper provides an evidence-based evaluation of the competing ways of explaining and tackling the informal economy. Conventionally, participants have been viewed as rational economic actors who engage in the … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 December 2019 · Leave a comment

Austerity, The New Normal: A Renewed Washington Consensus 2010-24

The report, published by IPD, ITUC, PSI, EURODAD and the Breton Woods Project: (i) examines historical and projected government expenditure trends for 189 countries; (ii) reviews the latest IMF country … Continue reading

Thursday, 17 October 2019 · Leave a comment