This panel will explore the complexities behind the global anti-poverty consensus, from disagreements on the definition of poverty, to how to measure and eradicate it. While traditionally development economists have identified poverty in terms of absolute income, others have adopted a more innovative or holistic approach. Traditional responses to poverty have been under fire for more than a decade, with well-intentioned but badly thought-out aid often failing to tangibly reduce poverty levels at all - and, in many cases, helping perpetuate the very crises it sought to solve. Given these oversights, a dramatic rethinking of aid-effectiveness is necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities of today. This discussion will explore how we can achieve Sustainable Development Goal Number 1: ‘No Poverty’ and what the most productive tools and frameworks are to unite both the global private and public sectors in this goal.
Sabina Alkire is the Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. She is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, and has worked with organizations such as the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, the United Nations Human Development Programme Human Development Report Office, the European Commission, and the UK's Department for International Development
Simon leads a team of advocates and campaigners influencing the UK government and the public on international development issues including hunger, nutrition, resilience and humanitarian crises. A development professional and social justice campaigner with more than 16 years working in the international development field, Simon has experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe with some of the UK’s largest international NGOs, including Oxfam, Save the Children and VSO.
Danny Dorling works at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor at the University of Sheffield, and before then a professor at the University of Leeds. His earlier academic posts were in Newcastle, Bristol, and New Zealand. His most recent book, with Sally Tomlinson, is ‘Rule Britannia: Brexit and the end of Empire’ concerning what the 2016 EU referendum and 2019 ‘exit’ reveals. In 2018 he published “Peak Inequality” on issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty in the UK. In 2020 he is publishing a book with Yale University Press on: “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives".