22.06.2015 | DIE: Public Event on Poverty and Shared Prosperity

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) invites you to the Public Event on Poverty and Shared Prosperity

When: 22 June 2015 / 11:00 – 13:15 h

Venue: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn

Please register with your name and contact details at: ina.klemke@die-gdi.de

Fighting poverty is one of the most important tasks of the international development agenda and will logically take a central role in the post-2015 agenda. In the past, major progress has been achieved in poverty reduction. However, in many cases, gains in poverty reduction were accompanied by increased inequalities, a fact that has been neglected for a long time. This topic has regained attention in particular in the course of the post-2015 debate, which rekindled the discussion on increasing global inequality. Recent figures on wealth inequality such as those published by Oxfam, suggesting that the richest 85 persons worldwide own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion, did their part to further fuel the discussions.

  • But how important is the objective of increasing shared prosperity?

  • Of particular concern are inequalities of opportunities related to the circumstances an individual is born into. How widespread are inequalities of opportunities and what are their consequences? What is the role for public policies in addressing them?

  • Targeted government programmes often play an important role in the fight against poverty, however, identifying the poor has often proved challenging. What are the trade-offs of different policies and how can understanding them increase the efficiency of targeted programmes?

  • Many of the above questions will vary with each country’s economic, social and institutional context and challenges. The World Bank’s new Country Engagement Model and the Systematic Country Diagnostics seek to identify the most critical constraints to, and opportunities for, poverty reduction and shared prosperity in each country. How do these new instruments work? And how successful are they in contributing to the goals of ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity?

These and other related questions will be addressed by our international experts at this public event:

  • Mario Negre, Senior Economist, The World Bank Research Group & German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

  • Ana Revenga, Senior Practice Director, The World Bank

  • Andrew Dabalen / Ambar Narayan, Lead Economists, The World Bank

  • Simon Lange, Senior Economist, University of Göttingen

Source: Information by DIE from 16.06.2015