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Industrial Development Report 2022. The future of industrialization in a post-pandemic world


The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that manufacturing remains the backbone of our economies. Yet, it also shows the vulnerability of our production systems to sudden shocks. For the recovery to take hold, it is critical to understand how the pandemic has affected the industrial sector—and the prospects for the future of industrialization as economies all over the world continue to rebound and recover. The Industrial Development Report 2022 contributes to this discussion by providing evidence at the country, industry and firm level that documents the impacts of the crisis, and by examining the drivers of resilience and vulnerability in those same contexts. Findings documented in the report strongly re-affirm the centrality of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9—which is at the core of UNIDO’s mandate—to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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IDR 2022 Key Findings

Download Summary: Key Findings and Implications for UNIDO operations

Download Visual Executive Summary: Key Findings of the report in 6 infographics

Watch the video in Spanish here | Watch the video in French here

Watch the video in Spanish here | Watch the video in French here

IDR 2022 Briefs

IDR Brief No. 1 - Weathering the storm: industrial capabilities and socio-economic resilience
IDR Brief No. 2 - A highly uneven impact across industries, firms and workers
IDR Brief No. 3 - The role of digitalization in supporting firms’ resilience 
IDR Brief No. 4 - Covid-19 and the megatrends that are reshaping industrial development

IDR 2022 Background Papers

Take a look at the IDR 2020 Background Papers here.

IDR 2022 Launch Events

December 2021 UNIDO General Conference, Vienna, Austria

August 2022 — Regional Launch for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC's headquarters, Santiago, Chile

August 2022 — Regional Launch for Africa, Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), Tunisia

August 2022 — Regional Launch for Asia-Pacific, ESCAP’s headquarters, Bangkok

UNIDO COVID-19 Firm-level survey

IDR 2022 presents new primary data on the impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing firms around the world. More details on the survey used to collect the data can be found here.

Other Information

ISBN: 978-92-1-106457-5

Language: English

Date: 2021

Order No.: ID/450

Price: 40.00 Euro  

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IDR 2022 Infographics