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Lord Desai will give a free public lecture on poverty
Lord Desai will give a free public lecture on poverty

Press Release - 13 March 2006

Free public lecture: Why is poverty persistent?

Local people have the opportunity to hear a talk on why, despite the last fifty years of debate and policy making, poverty is still rife in the world. The free talk, Why is poverty persistent?, will be at the University of Bath on Thursday 16 March.

Lord Desai of St Clement Danes, renowned development economist, will look at poverty in both the developed and the developing world.

In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals committed the United Nation states to achieving the ‘Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger’ by 2015. Supported by the Make Poverty History campaign, there has been considerable progress made in some countries, however, there is still evidence of poverty in every region of the world.

While the face of poverty in the UK is different from the face of poverty in developing countries, the underlying causes, and the impact that poverty has on people, can be very similar. In the UK a quarter of people live below the national poverty line.

Lord Desai said: “I believe there are problems both in the definition of ‘poverty’ as well as the economic understanding of how and why poverty arises, which impact on the political will for policy implementation.”

Lord Desai began teaching at the London School of Economics in 1965, was made a Professor of Economics in 1983 and established the Centre for the Study of Global Governance in 1992. A prolific author, he has written on subjects as varied as India’s economic priorities in a globalising world, and a biography of the Indian film star, Dilip Kumar.

The lecture will take place at 6.15pm on Thursday 16 March, in Lecture Theatre 3 West North 2.1. It is free of charge, for tickets please contact Sheila Willmott on 01225 386631. Free parking is available in the West car park.

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