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Poverty in Colombia: are we trapped? LSESU Colombian Society conference

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) hosts a one day conference focusing on poverty in Colombia on Wednesday 9 March.

Colombia, as most developing nations in the world, faces tough challenges in its path towards prosperity, including that of poverty. Beyond the humanitarian urgency of the problem, tackling poverty is of the utmost social, political and economic importance.

Previous governments, at the national and sub-national levels, have experimented with a variety of policies to alleviate the burden of poverty with mixed results. However, studies carried out in the last few years have concluded that the situation is becoming more critical every day. Consequently, the government has launched a programme called the 'Mission for the design of poverty and inequality reduction strategies'. The mission's goals range from the design of long-term poverty alleviation strategies to the proposal of immediate changes in public expenditure priorities and targeted spending.

Participating in the conference are:

  • Howard Davies, director of LSE
  • Alfonso López Caballero, Colombian Ambassador to the UK
  • Tatiana Andia, president, LSE Colombian Society
  • Dr Jairo Nuñez, technical secretary: 'Misión para la Pobreza', Department of National Planning. Bogotá, Colombia
  • Professor Orazio Attanasio, Department of Economics, University College of London
  • Dr Christopher Abel, Department of History, University College London
  • Dr Alejandro Gaviria, Centre for Economic Studies, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá
  • Dr Olivier Lafourcade, former World Bank director for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela
  • Dr Sunil Kumar, Department of Social Policy, LSE

This academic forum aims to generate an open debate on some dimensions of poverty and their possible implications for public policy. The day will be broken into four main areas:

  • A brief history of poverty in Colombia and a snapshot of the current situation.
  • A look at social exclusion and inequality, the most pressing social dimensions of poverty
  •  The challenges of poverty for public policy
  • The day concludes with a workshop bringing together all the panellists and public to draw conclusions and lessons from the forum  

Poverty in Colombia: are we trapped? is on Wednesday 9 March from 9am-5pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House (9-10.30am), and the New Theatre, East Building (12-5pm). The conference is free and open to all, and no registration in advance is needed. For more information, email su.soc.Colombia@lse.ac.uk| 


For more information or to register for a press seat, please contact the LSESU Colombian Society: Tatiana Andia at t.s.andia@lse.ac.uk| or Daniel Linsker, at d.linsker@lse.ac.uk| 


This event is organised by the LSESU Colombian Society and is the society's third annual international conference.

4 March 2005