OPHI Director Sabina Alkire took part in a discussion on global poverty on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 1 June, arguing that over the next generation there is a possibility to lift the whole of humanity out of extreme income and multidimensional poverty.
Alkire and Jeremy Lefroy, Conservative MP and member of Trade Out of Poverty, discussed whether capitalism and free markets, rather than good governance and social programmes, were the answer to ending poverty. Lefroy emphasized the utility of trade in creating new jobs, which are necessary for economic growth and to raise the taxes needed to provide finances for development goals.
Alkire noted that research has shown that economic growth may have little or no correlation with non-income development goals on issues such as child mortality or the number of children out of school. ‘That’s a shocking finding, because we would assume them to walk in lockstep and they don’t,’ she said.
You can listen to the discussion on the Today programme here.