WHAT TOP THINKERS THINK ABOUT DEVELOPMENT

When: 18th June 2019 at 15:15 CET / 13:15 GMT (check time around the world).

Where: Tour & Taxis, Brussels, European Development Days 2019

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The lecture will mark 10th anniversary of the Kapuscinski Development Lectures and will be hosted during the European Development Days 2019.
The keynote speech entitled “Transformative government: The path to development” will be delivered by Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. A special address will be delivered by Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP. The speech will be followed by the panel discussion with participation of:
  • Santiago Levy, Brookings Institution, former vicepresident of Inter-American Development Bank
  • Jos Verbeek, World Bank, special representative to UN and WTO
  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International
There is an agreement in the public discourse that inequality around the world is high and on the rise. In Latin America and the Caribbean, for example, the poorest 20 percent of households hold less than 5 percent of income, while the richest 20 percent hold over 55 percent. The situation is even more acute when we look at the concentration of wealth across households, with 26 people owning as much capital as the bottom half of the world’s population. Also, it is well established that the share of labour in total income has been shrinking compared to that of capital. Not surprisingly, few issues have captured the public attention in recent years like discussions around inequality. This increased interest begs us to examine what we have learned about inequality in recent decades, and push the debate further asking questions such as, how we can more accurately measure the dimensions of inequality that matter for development? How we can capture the polarization the is happening within societies, and eroding social cohesion and stability? Moreover, what are the process that generate and perpetuate inequality? And ultimately, what is the impact of inequality in democracy? The Kapuscinski Development Lecture will focus precisely on these questions, aiming to push the debate further building on we have learned about inequality and why it matters for democracy.
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