Reducing poverty in the world

Mar 10, 2014

Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, Photo: “Kapuscinski development lectures”

Professor Bhagwati will speak at the next Kapuscinski development lectures to be held on 19 March 2014 at 3:30pm at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).

He will cite the new Pope's emphasis on the poor rather than the recent diversion by the Occupy Movement to focus on the rich. But the question remains: how is poverty to be effectively reduced? Here, Professor Bhagwati, who addressed this very issue in India when he was working on the problem, will draw on India's experience and the lessons it offers to the Pope and others in finding effective ways to reduce poverty. He will draw on the recent book he has published with Professor Panagariya, “Why growth matters”, which precisely tackles this issue, and which was recently selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by the Financial Times.

Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a prominent economist. He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide. He has served in many advisory roles, including at the GATT as Economic Policy Adviser to Director General Arthur Dunkel and at the UN to Secretary General Kofi Annan on Globalization and on NEPAD Process in Africa. The recipient of many honorary degrees and prestigious prizes, he has been uniquely presented with six festschrifts written in his honor. He has also worked with many NGOs and organizations, including Human Rights Watch.

“Kapuscinski development lectures”, named for Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries, is organized jointly by the European Commission, UNDP and partner universities and development think-tanks.

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