Development cooperation ,25.04.2013



Research of the global development issues, obligations of the Host Government Agreement and support for the research work. The UN General Assembly formally adopted the Charter of the UNU in 1973. The United Nations University UNU is a global research and teaching organization, focusing on issues that impact sustainable development in the developing countries. The role of the UN University is to generate new knowledge, enhance individual and institutional capacities, and disseminate useful information to relevant audiences. The University functions as a think tank for the UN system and for UN Member States, and serves as a bridge between the United Nations and the international academic community. It coordinates a network of 12 international research institutes (one of which is the UNU-Wider-Institute) and 3 individual research projects. The headquarters are in Tokyo, and the UN Member Organizations provide for voluntary contributions to an endowment fund. The funding for the UNU-WIDER research programme is renewable every second year. The current programme for 2012-2014 focuses on research on the “triple crisis” (= finance, food, and climate change). The new research programme is currently being finalized. The UNU-WIDER budget for 2012-2014 is around 14,4 million euros (c.7,2 million euros/year). The funding consists of project funding, granted mainly by Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain and Finland, the revenues from the Endowment Fund (c. 1,8 million euros/year) and core contributions of the four donor countries. The Finnish core contribution to UNU-WIDER is approximately 700.000 euros/year. The Department for Development Co-operation within the MFA administers the Finnish co-operation with UNU-WIDER. In addition to the contribution to UNU-WIDER regular resources, Finland also supports the UNU-WIDER’s twinning initiative with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Finland is contributing 450 000 euros/year to support UNU-WIDER’s ongoing research project named “GAPP – Reconciling Africa’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Trends.” The research is being undertaken during 2012-2013.

Funding decision  25.04.2013

2 500 000 €

Field of activity

  • Research/scientific institutions 100%

Funding channel

YK:n yliopisto/WIDER



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