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Impact of globalization on the world's poor

Launch and presentation of the UNU-WIDER study

United Nations University

Organized by the Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, 16 May 2007
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Launch and presentation of the UNU-WIDER study by Carol Graham, Machico Nissanke, Erik Thorbecke and Nancy Birdsall

Announcement in PDF

Policy Brief in English (PDF 209KB)

Globalization offers new opportunities for accelerating development and poverty reduction, but also poses new challenges for policymakers. And there is much concern about the distribution of benefits; in particular whether the poor gain from globalization, and under what circumstances it may actually hurt them.

To meet this important agenda, World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) has sought to provide a framework upon which to build strategies for 'pro-poor globalization'. The research is particularly focussed in understanding better the mechanisms through which globalization ultimately affects poverty, evaluating how different poor groups are affected in different ways by globalization (the rural versus urban poor for example).

The speakers are the directors and authors of the WIDER Study on the Impact of Globalization on the World's Poor and will discuss the main findings of the research in relation to current issues.

Admission is free. Please register in advance contact:

RSVP: Please call Tel. 202-797-6105 the Brookings Office of Communications


Carol Graham is Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where she co-directs the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, and Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.


Machico Nissanke is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. She previously worked at Birkbeck College, University College London and the University of Oxford, and was also Research Fellow of Nuffield College and the Overseas Development Institute.

Erik Thorbecke is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics Emeritus, Graduate School Professor and former Director of the Program on Comparative Economic Development at Cornell University, USA.


Nancy Birdsall is the founding President of the Center of Global Development. Prior to launching the Center, she was Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Earlier Nancy Birdsall was Executive Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank.


For more information on the event and interviews with the speakers, please contact:

Kristie Latulippe
Special Projects Coordinator
Global Economy & Development
Brookings Institution
Tel. 1-202-797.6065

Ann Doyle
Communications Director
Global Economy and Development
Brookings Institution
Tel. +1-202-797.6167

The presentations are based on the following publications:

The Impact of Globalization on the World's Poor: Transmission Mechanisms
Edited by Machiko Nissanke and Erik Thorbecke (hardback) 0230004792, December 2006
Studies in Development Economics and Policy

Palgrave Macmillan

World Development Volume 34, Issue 8 (August 2006)

WIDER Special Issue: The Impact of Globalization on the World's Poor
Edited by Machiko Nissanke and Erik Thorbecke

Linking Globalization to Poverty (PDF 209KB) Machiko Nissanke and Erik Thorbecke, UNU Policy Brief No. 2, 2007

World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) was established in 1985. The institute undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on structural changes affecting the living conditions of the world's poorest people; provides a forum for professional interaction and the advocacy of policies leading to robust, equitable and environmentally sustainable growth; and promotes capacity strengthening and training for scholars and government officials in the field of economic and social policy making.

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