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International Development Program Annual Spring Public Lecture

Paul Collier IDP Spring Lecture 2016

Every spring, the International Development Program holds a public lecture and invites leaders and innovators in the development field to speak on the latest topics and trends in the field. 

In Spring 2016 the IDP Program welcomed Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government; a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College; Director, International Growth Centre; and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford. From 1998–2003 he took Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. Sir Paul is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, to the Africa Region, World Bank and to DfID. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies. In 2014, Sir Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

The last decade was atypically benign for most poor countries. All of the factors which made it so are now over. What now is the scope for catching up? Please click here watch his lecture, "Prospects for the Bottom Billion in the Coming Decade: The International Development Program 40th Anniversary Lecture with Sir Paul Collier."

Sir Paul's publications include: Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World (2013); The Plundered Planet: Why We Must, and How We Can, Manage Nature for Global Prosperity (2010); Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (2009); and The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It (2007).

Other past speakers have included Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations Office at Geneva; Congressman Howard Wolpe; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; Nouzha Skalli, Minister of Social Development of the Kingdom of Morocco; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank; Maria Otero, United States Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and former CEO of Accion International and William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University.