Despite the tremendous economic growth around the world in the last thirty years, the number of people living in poverty has gone up. While economic growth is necessary for poverty reduction, it is obviously not enough. Prosperity has not "tricked down" to the poor. Policies and action directed at reducing poverty have not been effective.
In Fighting Poverty Together, Aneel Karnani demonstrates what is wrong with today's approaches to reducing poverty. He then proposes an eclectic resolution to poverty reduction in which business, government and civil society all have an important role, arguing for a paradigm shift to focus on the poor as producers. The primary emphasis, he argues, must be on creating employment opportunities for the poor, and increasing their productive capacities by ensuring basic public services.
Developing an effective way forward requires analysis of current strategies and the generation of new ideas. Karnani does that here using concepts from the fields of business, economics and development. Using studies from business, government and civil society, he illustrates how his argument can be put into practice and bring about real results.
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Prof. Aneel Karnani, Faculty Member, Strategy group at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
- Friday, 26 August 2011
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road