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Combating Poverty: Foreign Aid, Good Governance and Economic Growth

Chatham House, London

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Daniel Runde, Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS
Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Lydia Prieg, Researcher, Financial Reform, New Economics Foundation
Chair: Claire Melamed, Head of Programme, Growth, Poverty and Inequality, Overseas Development Institute


Daniel Runde will argue that, as developing countries continue to democratize and improve their governance, foreign aid donors should shift their focus from meeting basic needs to broader institutional development.

Drawing on his new CSIS report Combating Global Poverty: Investing in the Governance and Growth Nexus, he will contend that the best way to continue to reduce global poverty is to focus on improving the rule of law and economic performance at the country level.

The panel will discuss what this means for the post-2015 development agenda and how foreign aid donors should programme resources and assistance in the future.