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Hilary Benn MP to speak at LSE on how development can help deal with state failure

Hilary Benn MP, secretary of state for international development, will give a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on How Development Can Help Deal with State Failure on Thursday 4 March.

Hilary Benn MP is secretary of state for international development. Prior to this, he was parliamentary under-secretary of state for community and custodial provision, returning to the Department for International Development as minister of state in June 2003 before taking up his present post in October 2003.

Last week he helped to launch the commission on Africa, saying: 'Half of all Africans are living in absolute poverty. We are not moving fast enough to achieve the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals. This is simply unacceptable. Today's launch of the Commission for Africa shows the commitment of leaders and peoples across the world to work together to lift Africa out of poverty. If we set our minds to this, we really can do something to ensure that the next generation of Africans have the sort of opportunities that we take for granted.'

DFID have recently launched a country assistance plan for Iraq and promised more money to Afghanistan.

How Development Can Help Deal with State Failure is on Thursday 4 March at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair the event.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

2 March 2004

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