The Guardian : Spotlight on the battle against global poverty

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

In this podcast, the Guardian’s global development site editor Lucy Lamble debates issues surrounding the Millennium Development Goals and their progress in global poverty with a quartet of experts: Jayati Ghosh, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and a regular columnist on the Global development site; Abhijit Banerjee, an economist from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of the acclaimed book Poor Economics; the Guardian’s health editor Sarah Boseley; and Global development reporter Mark Tran.

I listened to this podcast today and was quite interested in the discussion. Not long ago it was announced that the MDG to halve the number of people living on less that $1.25/day by 2015 was successfully reached. It should be noted that the World Bank tempered this announcement, however, and the experts gathered for this podcast are able to discuss the caveats in some detail.

For example, the speakers seem to agree that China and India are largely responsible for the success of this MDG–whilst other nations remain far behind. Likewise, the number of people living in extreme poverty will remain high into the near (and perhaps far) future–(likely presenting at 1 billion in 2015). Furthermore, Abhijit Banerjee emphasized the fact that only one of the three three parts to this MDG poverty goal was met–the other two (namely those related to food security (aka “child nutrition”) and employment) are still drastically behind in their progress.

Take a listen to learn more and hear expert opinions on “what works” in poverty elevation. Do they agree that aid is the answer?

For curiosity’s sake, here is a link to a lecture and a  paper on the Kenyan deworming study extolled by one of the speakers.

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