New Thinking on Fighting Global Poverty

May 4, 2011

On Point: NPR (WBUR)

NPR's Tom Ashbrook recently hosted CFSP member Abhijit Banerjee and his co-author, economist Esther Duflo, in a discussion about the recent release of their new book Poor Economics.  Banerjee and Duflo spoke about the ongoing and future relationship between population growth and poverty growth.  Both authors stressed that aid effort has been "shooting blind" and could benefit from rigorous evaluation, with the same fervor adopted in business ventures.  Failure to do so, might perpetuate what Duflo deemed "unacceptable" rates of poverty, a problem which she calls the "responsibility of humankind."

Photo courtesy OnPoint: NPR (WBUR)