OPHI Director contributes to panel discussion on poverty reduction and governance at Chatham House

A video of the panel discussion in which OPHI Director, Sabina Alkire, contributed is now available to view online.

The panel, held on Thursday 5th December 2013 at Chatham House, discussed a new report published by Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) titled ‘Combating Global Poverty: Investing in the Governance and Growth Nexus’.

During the session, Daniel Runde – William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS – discussed findings from the report, arguing that a shift in foreign assistance from basic needs towards broader institutional development is required to combat global poverty. Specific areas the report suggests should be supported include: strengthening government capacity and effectiveness; strengthening rule of law and improving regulatory policies to incentivise business investment.

Alkire then drew attention to three points. Firstly, which kinds of growth should be advocated – noting that a 2008 report on the progress of the MDGs found little or no correlation between growth and non-income MDGs. Secondly, which particular kinds of governance reforms would make the most impact. And finally, whether and how existing poverty reduction programmes can used to catalyse governance reform.

The panel discussion can be viewed here.