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Today we launch FUTURE DEVELOPMENT – Economics to End Poverty and as Shanta mentions our goal is to generate an evidence based debate that will, we hope, contribute towards making governments more accountable to poor people. 

We are grateful to the many friends and colleagues who will be joining us in this effort. Here is the initial list:


  • Ajay Shah, Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
  • Ali Cheema, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives
  • Aly Mbaye, Dean of Faculty Economics and Management, Cheikh Anta Diop University
  • Andrew Sheng, President, Fung Global Institute
  • Anoop Singh, Asia Pacific Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Arie Arnon, Professor of Economics, Ben Gurion University
  • Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Ashraf Ghani, Chairman, Institute for State Effectiveness
  • Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis, World Bank
  • Aurélien Kruse, Economist Nepal, World Bank
  • Bert Hofman, Chief Economist East Asia and Pacific, World Bank
  • Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, Government of Singapore
  • Bimal Koirala, Chairman, School of Banking, Business, Research and Development, Nepal
  • Birgit Hansl, Lead Economist Russian Federation, World Bank
  • Bright Simons, President, mPedigree Network
  • Caroline Kende-Robb, Executive Director, Africa Progress Panel
  • Christopher Adam, Professor of Development Economics, University of Oxford
  • Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development, London School of Economics
  • Devesh Kapur, Director Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ellen Lust, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Gabriel Demombynes, Senior Economist Vietnam, World Bank
  • Germano Mwabu, Professor of Economics, University of Nairobi
  • Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Professor of Economics and Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Haroon Bhorat, Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU), University of Cape Town
  • Harsha Aturapane, Senior Economist, World Bank
  • Harsha de Silva, Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka
  • Hashim A. Ahmed, Head of Economic Policy Analysis Unit, Office of Ethiopian Prime Minister
  • Hassan Zaman, Chief Economist, Bangladesh Bank
  • Ijaz Nabi, Pakistan Country Director, International Growth Center
  • Ila Patnaik, Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
  • Ishac Diwan, Lecturer on Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Jacques Morisset, Lead Economist Tanzania, World Bank
  • Jishnu Das, Senior Economist, World Bank
  • Joel Hellman, Director Global Practice on Fragility, Conflict & Violence, World Bank
  • Justin Yifu Lin, Professor, National School of Development, Peking University
  • Lemma W. Senbet , Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium
  • Manu Bhaskaran, Partner, Centennial Group
  • Mari Pangestu, Minister for Tourism and Trade Economy, Government of Indonesia
  • Martin Raiser, Country Director Turkey, World Bank
  • Masahiro Kawai, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Melani Cammett , Research Fellow, Harvard school of Public Health
  • Mthuli Ncube, Vice President and Chief Economist, African Development Bank
  • Mustapha K. Nabli, Former Governor, Bank of Tunisia
  • Nadeem Ul Haque, Deputy Chairman at Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan
  • Njuguna Ndung’u, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya
  • Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director, Center for Policy Alternatives
  • Patrick Guillaumont, Professor and President, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International
  • Paul Collier, Co-Director Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University
  • Piero Cipollone, Executive Director, World Bank Group
  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Center for Policy Research
  • Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
  • Scott Guggenheim, Social Policy Adviser, AusAID
  • Servaas van der Berg, South African National Research Chair Social Policy Economics, University of Stellenbosch
  • Shabih Mohib, Senior Economist East Asia and Pacific, World Bank
  • Shekhar Shah, Director-General, NCAER
  • Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre
  • Steve O'Connell, Professor of Economics, Swathmore College
  • Tahir Andrabi, Professor of Economics, Ponoma College
  • Tom Bundervoet, Economist Rwanda, World Bank
  • Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Government of Singapore
  • Yukon Huang, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment


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Submitted by Abeer Rashdan on

Hi, I can tell that poorness in life in developing countries like a spider net .You can't cut one side to escape. Poor are poor coz no information disseminated to them except "try to manage your life" "poverty is a destiny" at least in my country. Replace "or" please with "and"..It's all you mentioned above .who can correct that? The poor themselves when they find out they are human with birth rights.Let's try for better future in development path.

Abeer, my thesis is that - at least in Africa - poverty has also to be seen as a social status; i.e. money alone cannot eradicate it. I speak of "master/servant societies". There, poverty is an expression of suppressing a certain group of people, using them as servants. Before, it was the slaves. The question is whether the attitude towards those poor people has changed, whether in principle it is the same attitude like the one towards the slaves. Thus, "poverty eradication" (a slogan of the development industry) needs the change of the attitude. Then, also money etc. can help. (See "End of Arrogance")

Submitted by Abeer Rashdan on

Totally agree , plus it's a religion status too in my country "poor go to heaven before the rich" .Money to eradicate income poverty is crucial but also poverty has many faces and dimensions which must be address in each developing country agenda for a comprehensive progress.each country must understand the root cause of poverty "not poverty profile ,headcount, poverty gap,Gini..." and most of all -Ask the poor with them not just write about them .

Abeer, in addition to what you say, poverty can be a life-style. This is the case when somebody grows up in poverty, because poverty, lack of means, force you to arrange your life around the minimum you own. You adapt certain behaviour and attitudes that are difficult to change when you receive material support. Therefore, people who live in a slum may get proper dwelling from the government, a flat in an apartment building; but they may rent it out and move back to the slum. Something similar is happening in the coastal area of Kenya: The government distributed thousands of title deeds for land. And those who were complaining before that they were landless and squatters are now selling the land they have received. Another example is the (partial) failure of micro credits: A part of the receivers of the credit used it for consumption and not for investment; and then repayment was not possible. I do not maintain that this is the full picture of poverty, but it is one aspect that has to be taken in consideration when we (or the development industry) talk of 'poverty eradication'. In other words, it has to go hand in hand with a socialization process, with 'education' in a wider sense. Are IMF, World Bank, etc. able to take in consideration aspects like this one?

Submitted by Goldman Awuku Dodzi on

Will be very glad to follow this interesting discussion. Keep me posted with everything concerning this discussion

Economy, mainly private business, is crucial for changing lives. But it is only one aspect. The cultural and social dimensions are not less important.

Submitted by FRANK MUONEMEH on

What an inspiring list , look forward to a plat form very educative and result oriented.

Submitted by Vargha moayed on

While poverty has multiple reasons, one of the most prominent ones is poor governance and specifically endemic corruption. Given that no "culture" is immune to corruption intrinsically, one of the ways to tame it, is to create accountability of the people in power. And the next logically step is hence democratic societies. While, i know that the demonstration is a bit simplistic, it is even more hypocritical not to recognize the link between wealth of nation and democracy, China included. Democracy encourages accountability which serves meritocracy which in turn is the best path out of poverty. So spread democratic ideas and wealth will follow. Most importantly we should stop handing over aid to non accountable governments.

Submitted by Dawit Teklu on

I look forward to reading the diverse views from the stellar group of bloggers you have assembled. I hope a multi-disciplinary approach towards understanding and ending poverty will result from this effort.

Submitted by A.Y.Nagumsi on

The most important method of tackling abject poverty is through women empowerment. if women get economic emancipation they will educate their children. Education is the ultimate tool to development of the entire world.

Submitted by Ricardo F. Timbe on

I am interested in following the discussions taking place in this platform.
Thank you

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