LSE Literary Festival event: How can we transform the economic lives of the Ultra Poor?

LSE Literary Festival 2016 hosted an event exploring the impact of an innovative and proven approach for poverty alleviation, developed in Bangladesh by the international NGO BRAC and targeted at individuals defined as being extreme or ‘Ultra-Poor’. Speakers discussed the impact of the original BRAC programme implemented in Bangladesh, based on a rigorous seven-year evaluation undertaken by IGC researchers.

Date: Friday 26th February 2016
Time: 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Robin Burgess, Professor Naila Kabeer, Lewis Temple
Chair: Upaasna Kaul

Robin Burgess is a Professor of Economics at LSE, Director of the IGC, and Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme at the LSE. He received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Edinburgh University, a M.Sc. in Economics from the LSE and a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. His areas of research interest include development economics, public economics, political economy, labor economics and environmental economics. He has published on a variety of topics – natural disasters, mass media, rural banks, land reform, labor regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty and growth.

Naila Kabeer (@N_Kabeer) is Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, LSE. Her research interests include gender, poverty, social exclusion, labour markets and livelihoods, social protection and citizenship and much of her research is focused on South and South East Asia.

Lewis Temple (@LewisETemple) is Chief Executive and Secretary to the Board of BRAC UK.

Upaasna Kaul (@UpaasnaK) is Managing Editor of IGC.

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Audio recording: a podcast of this event is available on the LSE website.