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Simon Starling

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.

Sessions

Sunday

2:50 pm

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3:40 pm

Goal Number One: Frameworks for Eradicating Poverty

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.