WIDER Annual Lecture 20 - Direct interventions against poverty in poor places
Martin Ravallion, a leading economist in the research of poverty and policies for fighting it, is best known for his proposal of the ‘$1 per day’ poverty line, which became very widely accepted a universal measurement for monitoring progress against global poverty. He holds the inaugural Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics at Georgetown University. Until 2013 he was Director of the World Bank’s research department, the Development Research Group.
During the WIDER Annual Lecture he will discuss the economic and political issues of the use of direct interventions, such as cash transfers and in kind contributions, against poverty. There is much hope for these interventions, but also much frustration; their performance in reality has often fallen short of policy makers’ expectations. The lecture will review the evidence on both the successes and failures, based on the many impact evaluations that have been done over the last 15 years.
|14:30 – 15:00||Registration and coffee|
|15:00 – 17:30||Welcome by Torbjörn Becker, Director of SITE and Lena Ingelstam, Director of Partnerships and Innovations at Sida|
|Introduction by Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER|
|Lecture by Martin Ravallion, Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics at Georgetown University|
|Discussion by Annika Sundén, Chief Economist of Sida, and Tony Addison, Chief Economist & Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER|
|17:30 – 18:30||Refreshments|