Commission on Global Poverty: Report on Measuring Poverty
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Commission on Global Poverty: Report on Measuring Poverty

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Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET/13:00-16:30 GMT or convert time
Location: World Bank HQ (Atrium) & Online

In June 2015, The World Bank’s Chief Economist convened the Commission on Global Poverty to report on the best ways to measure and monitor poverty around the world and help the World Bank Group achieve its twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.

The Commission, made up of 24 leading international economists, was chaired by Sir Anthony Atkinson, an authority on the measurement of poverty and inequality, the Centennial Professor at London School of Economics, and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University.

Join us for the launch of the Commission’s interim report and a discussion on its provisional recommendations, featuring some the world’s well-known experts on poverty.

Event Agenda:

09:00 am

Opening Remarks


Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, World Bank
Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank

09:20 AM



Sir Anthony Atkinson, Lead Author & Chair of the Commission on Global Poverty
Joining via Video Conference from Oxford, UK

09:50 AM

Tracking the World’s Extreme Poor Over Time


Kaushik Basu, World Bank
François Bourguignon, Paris School of  Economics
Andrew Dabalen, World Bank
Himanshu, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Germano Mwabu, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University

10:50 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM

Broadening the Concept of Poverty


Sabina Alkire, George Washington University & Oxford University
Laurence Chandy, Brookings Institution

Francisco Ferreira, World Bank
James Foster, George Washington University
Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University

12:15 PM


Concluding Remarks
Kaushik Basu, World Bank

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Registered nurse, Vanie Boyajian vaccinates a child for polio at the Howard Karagheusian primary health care center, in Beirut, Lebanon on March 23, 2016. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank


Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Group
Lead Author & Chair of the Commission on Global Poverty