Brussels, 26 May: Kapuscinski Lecture “Development at crossroads” with Paul Collier and Maciej Popowski

Kapuscinski Lectures (logo)Organisers: European Commission, United Nations Development Programme, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, Development Policy Forum led by Friends of Europe and Université libre de Bruxelles

Date: 26 May 2011
Venue: Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels

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the lecture room is in building R42, at the corner of Avenue Jeanne and Avenue Franklin Roosevelt.

14:00-14:15: Welcome

  • Françoise Moreau, Acting Director for EU Development Policy, European Commission
  • Antonio Vigilante, Director of the Brussels Office of United Nations/UNDP

14:15-15:00: Prof. Paul Collier, Oxford University
Current challenges for development policy and how aid can be more effective
15:00-15:30: Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service
Response of the European Union to the development policy challenges
15:30-16:30: discussion with the audience
The event will be chaired by Thomas Lawo, Executive Secretary of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
Prof. Paul Collier is the Professor of Economics at the Oxford University and the Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. His book “The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It” has been placed among the most influential books, which discuss the pros and cons of developmental aid to developing countries. Collier has been the senior adviser to Blair’s Commission on Africa and has addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations. He works on a wide range of macroeconomic, microeconomic and political economy topics concerned with Africa. In 1998 – 2003 he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.
Maciej Popowski is the Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service. Ambassador Popowski is a Polish diplomat from the beginning of his career working on the European Union affairs. In 2001-2008 he was the Deputy Head of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union. In 2008-2009 Popowski holded a Director position at the European Commission/DG Development focused on policy coherence, aid effectiveness, financing, relations with other donors and public information. In 2009 he was seconded from the European Commission to head the cabinet of Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament.

"Kapuscinski Lectures": the event is part of the "Kapuscinski Lectures" initiative of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme. Experts from around the world deliver lectures on development and development cooperation at universities and think-tanks across the European Union. The series "Kapuscinski Lectures" is named for Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer famous for covering developing countries.
Places are limited. To register we kindly ask you to send an email to [email protected] stating your name and position by May 20. For further information, please contact Benjamin Heil ([email protected]).
Yours sincerely,
EADI, European Commission, UNDP and Friends of Europe