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Reducing poverty by rethinking development strategies

Monday 4 September

LSE hosts more than 170 academics and specialists in international development this week (7 and 8 September) for a conference and lecture on key development issues.

The School's Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) is organising a 10th anniversary conference on New Institutional Theory, Institutional Reform and Poverty Reduction .

The conference  will provide a review of the way New Institutional Theory (NIT) goes beyond pure market and pure democracy theory by producing a link between the need for expertise and control on the one hand, and individual autonomy and accountability on the other. Speakers will include:

  • Merilee Grindle, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
  • Jean Phillipe Platteau, Namur
  • Robert Wade, DESTIN, LSE
  • David Leonard, Berkeley
  • Judith Tendler, MIT
  • V.K.Ramachandran, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
  • Joseph Lim, School of Economics, University of the Philippines
  • Belinda Bozzoli, Witwatersrand
  • Meghnad Desai, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE
  • Gabriel Palma, Cambridge
  • F Golooba Mutebi, Makerere

Friday lunchtime will also see a talk by the Honorourable Horacio Morales, Secretary of Agrarian Reform of the Philippines on Agrarian Reform and Poverty Reduction: Institutional Reform from a Government's Point of View.

On Friday 8 September, and open to the public, there will be the Alistair Berkley Memorial Lecture on Legal Reform & Poverty Reduction.

This lecture at 6pm in the Old Theatre, is held biannually in memory of LSE student Alistair Berkley who died in the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988. It aims to bring together the legal and development communities around matters of immediate public concern.

The Speaker this year is Michael Anderson, Director of Studies of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, who is involved in the very latest thinking and research about the impact of legal systems and legal reform on poverty reduction.


Notes for media:

DESTIN conference on 7 and 8 September, LSE. To attend the conference, contact Martine Bollard on 020 7955 7466 or Sue Redgrave on 020 7955 6252 for more details.

Susanne Baker, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060.

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4 September 2000