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Research and Industrial Policy Advice

Our Work

The Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division (RPA) conducts applied economic research on themes related to UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) at the global, regional, country and sector level, and supports Member States in formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating industrial policy and interventions. The Division’s activities include the publication of policy-oriented knowledge products such as the Organization’s flagship Industrial Development Report (IDR), industrial country diagnostics to initiate the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP), the ISID working paper series, research publications and articles. Building on solid empirical and evidence-based analysis, RPA provides industrial policy advice and support services to Member States to accelerate their industrial development and economic growth with the aim of achieving ISID.

The Division furthermore supports the development of Member States’ analytical capacities for policy formulation by providing tools such as the Industrial Analytics Platform (IAP) and the Enhancing the Quality of Industrial Policies (EQuIP) toolkit. It is also engaged in inter-agency work and international partnerships such as the UN Interagency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (IATT) and the Multilateral Industrial Policy Forum (MIPF) to promote mutual learning and knowledge exchange in the international development community.

Latest News

  • The future of industrial policy in Guinea, according to the UNIDO industrial diagnostics study
    The future of industrial policy in Guinea, according to the UNIDO industrial diagnostics study

    CONAKRY, 17 January 2022 – Guinea, a country with an economy dependent on the export of bauxite, gold and diamonds, should urgently diversify. This was one of the main findings of a recent study on the status of industrial development carried out by a team of experts from the United Nations Industri

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  • PCP industrial diagnostic study validated by Rwandan stakeholders
    PCP industrial diagnostic study validated by Rwandan stakeholders

    KIGALI, 8 October 2021 – An industrial diagnostic study carried out by experts from UNIDO has been validated by Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Yves Bernard Ningabire, and other relevant Rwandan stakeholders, paving the way for the formulation of a Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) Rwanda.

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  • UNIDO's Industrial Analytics Platform to harness power of data for evidence-based policies
    UNIDO's Industrial Analytics Platform to harness power of data for evidence-based policies

    ABU DHABI, 4 November 2019 – On the sidelines of the 18th Session of its General Conference, UNIDO officially launched the new Industrial Analytics Platform (IAP), an innovative tool featuring, in an accessible format, data on select indicators of industrial development and relevant research by leading experts.

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  • The Future of Industrialization in a Post-Pandemic World: Industrial Development Report 2022
    The Future of Industrialization in a Post-Pandemic World: Industrial Development Report 2022

    VIENNA, 1 December 2021 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched its 2022 Industrial Development Report (IDR), The Future of Industrialization in a Post-pandemic World, at a plenary event of the nineteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference. The main finding

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  • UNIDO convenes experts to consider manufacturing responses to COVID-19 and lessons to be learnt
    UNIDO convenes experts to consider manufacturing responses to COVID-19 and lessons to be learnt

    VIENNA, 18 May 2021 - UNIDO believes that the COVID-19 pandemic brings an opportunity to glean lessons and present feasible solutions to improve the governance of global manufacturing in the face of this and future crises.

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  • Building back better together: resilience cannot be achieved by turning inwards
    Building back better together: resilience cannot be achieved by turning inwards

    VIENNA, 15 December 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is putting globalization to the test. In this context, the key challenges of assessing risks to global value chain risks and developing strategies to increase their resilience were the focus of the fifth edition of the Forum on Globalization and Industrialization, the joint initiative of UNIDO and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel).

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  • Industrial policy and the road to recovery
    Industrial policy and the road to recovery

    VIENNA, 16 November 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is posing enormous challenges to economic development, yet it may also unveil new opportunities to ‘build back better’. Renewed industrial policies can play a significant role in shaping the road to overcome the crisis and set countries back on the path of economic development. 

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  • UNIDO to create a multilateral industrial policy forum  to support Member States
    UNIDO to create a multilateral industrial policy forum to support Member States

    VIENNA, 3 December 2021 -  The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has held a side event titled, “Revival of industrial policy – prospects for establishing a global industrial policy forum for multilateral policy learning and knowledge sharing”, during the

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