Ending Extreme Poverty: Can It Be Done? If So, How?

United States
11/21/2013 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Between 1990 and 2010, the rate of extreme poverty in the developing world halved from 43 to 21 percent, leaving approximately one billion people living below the $1.25 a day poverty line. Today, there is growing momentum to eradicate extreme poverty over the next generation, in line with the commitment made by President Barack Obama in this year’s State of the Union address.

On November 21, the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative at Brookings will host an event on the prospects for ending extreme poverty. Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Shah will provide remarks on the role of the U.S. government in the fight against global poverty. A panel discussion will follow and include Brookings Fellow Laurence Chandy; Cathy Pattillo, chief of the Low-Income Countries Strategy Unit at the International Monetary Fund; Martin Ravallion, professor of economics at Georgetown University; and Alex Thier, assistant to the administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning at USAID. Annie Lowrey from the New York Times will moderate the discussion. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.

This event will be live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter at #extremepoverty.

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Introductory Remarks

Homi Kharas
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director,
Global Economy and Development
The Brookings Institution

Keynote Address

Rajiv Shah
U.S. Agency for International Development


Annie Lowrey
Economic Policy Correspondent, Washington Bureau
The New York Times


Laurence Chandy
The Brookings Institution

Cathy Pattillo
Chief, Low-Income Countries Strategy Unit
International Monetary Fund

Martin Ravallion
Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics
Georgetown University

Alex Thier
Assistant to the Administrator
Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
U.S. Agency for International Development

The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC
United States

Last updated: November 13, 2013

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