Forthcoming Public Events

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Thursday 27 November 2014, 6.30-8pm

SmartAid: innovating the approach to development

Venue: New Academic Building, Room 2.06, LSE
Speaker: John Rendel
Chair: Marwan Naser

About the event

John Rendel, CEO and Founder of Promoting Equality in African Schools| (PEAS) will be speaking on PEAS' unique and innovative approach to development. Founded on the pillars of access, quality and sustainability, PEAS builds and runs secondary schools in some of the most disadvantaged, isolated communities in rural Africa. After that, the schools can run themselves through a combination of a Private Public Partnership grant, low day school fees and income generating activities such as farming and horticulture. John will be speaking on PEAS's SmartAid model, the opportunities for collaboration in development and how sustainable approaches form the basis on the post-2015 UN Development Agenda. 50 seats available.

About the speaker

John Rendel is the founder and CEO of PEAS, a rapidly growing and multiple award winning social enterprise that widens access to secondary education in Africa. John studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford. A trip during a university vacation to East Africa led John to found a low-fee, not-for-profit secondary school in Uganda. The success of that school led to the development of PEAS’s ‘SmartAid’ approach.

After graduating, John joined the Teach First programme and taught secondary school mathematics in Camberwell, London for two years. In the summer of 2006, John left the classroom and began working full time on 'growing PEAS'. John has gone on to win the Teach First Ambassador Award, an Unltd Social Enterprise Award, to become a member of the Courvoisier Future 500 and the Rockefeller Top One Hundred Next Century Innovators. In 2013, PEAS won the UK Charity Awards and the WISE Global Innovation Awards. In August 2014, John became the 'Rising CEO Star' at the Charity Times awards in the UK.

More information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, please note that there are only 50 seats available in this venue. Please direct any queries to|.  

Monday 1 December 2014, 6.30-8pm

Brazil: inclusive sustainable development?

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Speaker: Brazilian Minister for Strategic Affairs, Marcelo Neri 
Chair: Professor James Putzel

About the event

Minister Neri will talk about the growth of social welfare in Brazil during the last twenty years, and its determinants. How have growth and distribution of incomes evolved in Brazil? What has been the role played by various public policies (such as income transfers, housing, technical education etc)? How have different groups (organized by gender, race, region etc) performed? Is Brazil becoming a middle class country? What about the middle income trap with respect to other BRICS countries? How sustainable are the observed changes? What is the new agenda on social policies in the country for the next 10 years? 

About the speaker

Marcelo Neri is Minister for Strategic Affairs for Brazil; has a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. Founder of the Center for Social Policies (CPS) at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV); teaches at  EPGE/FGV. Edited books on Microcredit; Social Security; Diversity; Rural Poverty; Bolsa Familia; Consumption and Middle Class. He was secretary general of the Council of Economic and Social Development (CDES) and president of the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea). He evaluated policies in more than two dozen countries and designed and implemented policies at three government levels in Brazil.

More information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please direct any queries to|