Research on poverty reduction and development is often disseminated as a mixture of hopeful altruism and difficult reality. And the media often paint issues related to foreign aid as wasteful spending. A barrage of reports on unsuccessful programs leaves the public wondering if any intervention can ever work. Yet can the case be made for a more optimistic outlook on international development? This panel will highlight research of programs, case studies, and events that can be considered ‘promising’ in improving the well-being of the poor and contributing to overall societal progress. In particular, the panel will explore research related to agriculture, public health, governance, institutional reforms and poverty reduction.
Organizer: Dan Banik, SUM, UiO