Kapuscinski development lectures

Top global thinkers discuss development in the European Union countries. The series “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. 40 lectures in 2009-2012 gathered over 7,000 participants.

The lecture series offers students from the European Union member states an unprecedented opportunity to learn and discuss about development issues such as climate change, human rights, aid effectiveness, Europe-Africa relations, Millennium Development Goals among other.

The high-level events contribute to the debate and formulation of the European development policy. The lectures honor the name of Kapuscinski, a Polish journalist and writer, who died in 2007. Kapuscinski, whose books were translated into many languages, was often named the “Third World Chronicler” or the “Voice of the Poor” for his famous reportages and books describing developing countries on all continents. Among other books, he was famous for: “The Emperor” on Ethiopia, “Shah of Shahs” about Iran, “The Shadow of the Sun” about Africa, “Another Day of Life” about Angola, and “Imperium” about the Soviet Union.

For more information about past and upcoming lectures, please visit the joint EC-UNDP website for the Kapuscinski lectures, where you can also watch livestreaming of the lectures.

Previous Kapuscinski development lectures

Angel GurríaAngel Gurría

Angel Gurría, the Secretary-General of the OECD, spoke in Paris on the 18th September 2013. In his Kapuscinski lecture he talked about how development policies can be designed so that tey tackle inequalities in development.


Daw Aung San Suu KyiDaw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, delivered a Kapuscinski development lecture on 12 September 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. She spoke on transition in Myanmar and the role of societies in governance and development.

Michelle BacheletMichelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet, who at time was the Executive Director of UN Women, delivered a Kapuscinski development lecture on 21 February 2013 at the University College in Dublin, Ireland.  Ms. Bachelet spoke on women's empowerment and the role of gender equality in implementation of the current Millennium Development Goals as well as in the process of setting new, post-2015 global goals.

 Mark Malloch Brown

A Kapuscinski development lecture with Mark Malloch Brown took place on 30 January 2013 at the London School of Economics. Malloch Brown asked how Kapuscinski would see and present the current state of Africa. Is Africa driven nowadays by its old-time elites or by the increasingly democratic societies?

Malloch Brown is one of the top international development managers and policy-makers in the world. He is a former UN Deputy Secretary-General and was head of UNDP from 1999 to 2005.

 Nick MoonNick Moon

Nick Moon, award-winning supporter of African entrepreneurship, spoke about market based approaches to poverty reduction, food security, economic empowerment and climate change in the Kapuscinski development lecture that took place on 16 January in Nicosia, Cyprus.