The World Bank recently published their report ‘Accelerating Poverty Reduction in Africa‘. INCLUDE and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs are co-organizing a meeting to discuss this report and its findings, hosted by the authors Luc Christiaensen and Kathleen Beegle, on 22 November in The Hague.

The report contains an in-depth analysis of the democratic, societal and political drivers of poverty in Africa, with specific attention for social and spatial equity. It looks beyond macro-economics and growth only, and sets out a pro-poor agenda with integrated approaches to reduce poverty further.

Authors Katherine Beegle and Luc Christiaensen shall present the report, followed by an interactive panel discussion. Kitty van der Heijden, Director General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall receive the report.


16:00    Opening by Prof. Rolph van der Hoeven (UN-CDP) and Prof. Marleen Dekker (INCLUDE platform)
16:10    Presentation report by Dr. Kathleen Beegle & Dr. Luc Christiaensen (World Bank)
16:35    Official presentation report and reply by Kitty van der Heijden (Director General International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
16:45    Panel discussion, moderated by Marleen Dekker, with:
  • Luc Christiaensen
  • Kathleen Beegle
  • Prof. Peter Lanjouw (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Rolph van der Hoeven (United Nations ECOSOC)
  • Dr. Maty Konté (UNU-MERIT)
  • Simon Groot (East-West Seed and winner of the 2019 World Food Prize)

17:30   Closing & drinks

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22 November | 16:00-17:30 | Aula, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague | Open event

Event info:
  • Date: 22 November
  • Time: 16:00-17:30
  • Location: Aula, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
  • Open to all
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