Kapuscinski Development Lectures

Top global thinkers discuss development in the European Union countries. The series “Kapuscinski development lectures”, named for Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries, is organized jointly by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme and partner universities and development think-tanks. Over 80 lectures gathered since 2009 over 25,000 participants.

The lecture series offers students from the European Union member states an unprecedented opportunity to learn and discuss about development issues such as climate change, human rights, aid effectiveness, Europe-Africa relations, Millennium Development Goals among other. The high-level events contribute to the debate and formulation of the European development policy. The lectures are livestreamed at http://www.kapuscinskilectures.eu and their content is shared on this website. Kapuscinski lectures are part of the European Year for Development 2015.

The lectures honor the name of Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish journalist and writer, who died in 2007. Kapuscinski, whose books were translated into many languages, was often named the “Third World Chronicler” or the “Voice of the Poor” for his famous reportages and books describing developing countries on all continents. Among other books, he was famous for: “The Emperor” on Ethiopia, “Shah of Shahs” about Iran, “The Shadow of the Sun” about Africa, “Another Day of Life” about Angola, and “Imperium” about the Soviet Union.

About organisers:

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid is responsible for defining the EU development policy and ensuring effective programming and implementation of EU’s external aid instruments. EuropeAid coordinates the actions of the EU institutions, the EU Member States and other EU actors around the Union’s core values, objectives and common priorities. EuropeAid’s work is carried out with the ultimate aim of: reducing poverty in the world; ensuring sustainable development; promoting democracy, peace and security. http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid
United Nations Development Programme is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP, on the ground in 177 countries and territories, works closely with national partners – including governments, civil society and the private sector – supporting country needs and priorities related to: poverty reduction; democratic governance; crisis prevention & recovery; environment & energy; HIV, health and development. http://www.undp.org

Disclaimer: the views expressed by speakers of the Kapuscinski Development Lectures are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of the European Union, or its Member States and of the United Nations, including UNDP, or their Member States.

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