Last Update: January 22, 2008
Conference Program
Wednesday, October 17
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A. Opening Ceremony
(09:30-10:30; Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Friendship Palace)
Chair: Xiaojian Fan, Minister,The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD, China)
    • Hui Liangyu,Vice-Premier, State Council of the People's Republic of China
      Video (MP4 | 00:14:37)
    • Message from the UN Secretary General, delivered by Mr. Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator in China
      English: (PDF 99K)  |  Chinese: (PDF 120K)
      Audio (MP3 | 00:04:52)
    • Lennart Bage, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
      Summary Note: (PDF 108K)
      Video (MP4 | 00:07:30)
      Policy Brief: (PDF 126K)
    • Ernest Debrah, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
      Video (MP4 | 00:05:37)
    • Ursula Schäfer-Preuss,Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development,Asian Development Bank (ADB)
      Video (MP4 | 00:12:00)
    • Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
      Video (MP4 | 00:06:18)
      Summary Note:
      English: (PDF 118K)  |  Français: (PDF 143K)  |  Español: (PDF 143K)
      Policy Brief: (PDF 112K)
B. Understanding Poverty and its Consequences
(11:00-12:30; Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Friendship Palace)
Co-Chair: Ross Garnaut, Chair, Board of Trustees, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Professor of Economics, Australian National University, Australia
Co-Chair: Guoliang Wang, Deputy Director,The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD), China
    • Review and Prospect of China's Poverty Alleviation and Development
      Speaker: XiaoJian Fan, Minister, The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD), China
      Presentation PPT: (PPT 4.6M)
      Audio: Part I (MP3 | 00:10:01)
      Audio: Part II (MP3 | 00:10:01)
      Audio: Part III (MP3 | 00:15:01)
    • Which approaches are right for the poorest and hungry in which circumstances? How can action for economic growth be balanced with action for social protection to ensure that those left behind move out of poverty?
      Speaker: Martin Ravallion, Director, Development Research Group, World Bank, USA
      Presentation (PPT): (PPT 172K)
      Video (MP4 | 00:06:18)
      Policy Brief: The Changing Profile of Poverty in the World (PDF 170K)
      Policy Brief: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction (PDF 116K)
    • Why do poverty and hunger persist—The role of poverty traps?
      Speaker: Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics and Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge University, UK
      Video (MP4 | 00:15:05)
      Policy Brief: (PDF 165K)
    • Who and where are the world's poorest and hungry people?
      Speaker: Akhter Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
      Presentation (PPT): (PPT 960K)
      Video - Part I (MP4 | 00:15:05)
      Video - Part II (MP4 | 00:15:18)
C. What Will It Take to Enable People to Move out of Extreme Poverty and Hunger?
What National Development Strategy, Macroeconomic and Social Policy, and Poverty Reduction Strategy?
  • C.1 Parallel Sessions/Roundtables: Pathways out of Extreme Poverty and Hunger
    1. Fostering Pro-Poor Growth
      (14:00-16:00; Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Friendship Palace)
      Co-Chair: Sarfraz Khan Qureshi, Director, Innovative Development Strategies and Former Director General,Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Pakistan
      Co-Chair: Fulin Chi, Executive Director, China Reform and Development Research Institute, China
      Rapporteur: Alan de Brauw, Research Fellow, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
      Policy Brief: (PDF 133K)
      • Determinants of pro-poor growth: How to foster high growth that does not lead to rising inequality and to what extent it differ from the determinants of growth in general
        Speaker: Augustin Fosu, Deputy Director, United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU/WIDER), Finland
      • Determinants of pro-poor agricultural growth
        Speaker: Jikun Huang, Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 258K)
        Chinese Research Reports: (PDF 99K)
      • Global Imbalances: How can international macroeconomic imbalances and global trade and economic policies be realigned to favor the poor and hungry?
        Speaker: Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Executive Director for Argentina and Haiti, Inter-American Development Bank, USA
        Presentation (PDF): (PDF 635K)
        Policy Brief: (PDF 103K)
      • Fiscal Policies: How can tax and fiscal policies be designed to improve the welfare of the poor and hungry?
        Speaker: Ehtisham Ahmad, Advisor, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), USA
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 61K)  |  Summary Note: (PDF 99K)
      • What will it cost to achieve MDG1
        Speaker: Michiel Keyzer, Professor of Mathematical Economics & Director of the Centre for World Food Studies, SOW-VU (Vrije Universiteit), Netherlands
        Presentation: (PPT 87K)
        Policy Brief: (PDF 104K)
      • DISCUSSION
    2. Reducing Vulnerability and Enhancing Social Protection
      (14:00-16:00; No.1 Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building 7)
      Co-Chair: Ling Zhu, Deputy Director and research fellow, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Advisor, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), China
      Co-Chair: Yuan Lei, Deputy Director of Research Center for Human Research, Peking University, China
      Rapporteur: Ruth Hill, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020 Vision Initiative, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
      • Social protection to reduce vulnerability and enhance growth: What is the role of social protection in improving the welfare of the poor? How does investing in social protection augment growth?
        Speaker: Harold Alderman, Social Protection Advisor - Africa Region, World Bank, USA
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 89K)
        Policy Brief: (PDF 99K)
      • Conditional Cash Transfers: What has been learned on how to implement conditional cash transfer schemes? How can conditional cash transfer schemes be implemented in environments where they have currently not been?
        Speaker: John Hoddinott, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
        Presentation: (PPT 467K)
        Policy Brief: Growth-promoting Social Safety Nets (PDF 99K)
        Policy Brief: Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: A "Magic Bullet" for Reducing Poverty? (PDF 105K)
      • Social Security: How can social security schemes be designed for low-income countries to effectively provide for the poorest?
        Speaker: Fezile Makiwane, Chief Executive Officer, South African Social Security Agency, South Africa
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 91K)
      • Social Security: What can developing and emerging countries learn from social security approaches of OECD countries
        Speaker: Jean-Jacques Dethier, Research Manager, Development Economics (DECRS), World Bank, USA
        Policy Brief: (PDF 132K)
      • Health Insurance: What insurance schemes can reduce the impact of shocks on the poorest and help them deal with the aftermath? In particular, how can health insurance be designed for the poorest?
        Speaker: Jacques van der Gaag, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Global Health Financing Initiative, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution, USA
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 302K)
      • Insurance Markets: How can informal insurance networks be strengthened, and insurance and savings products developed, to help poor households manage income risk?
        Speaker: Stefan Dercon, Professor of Development Economics, Wolfson College, Oxford University, UK
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 68K)
      • DISCUSSION
    3. Targeting the Poor—Policies and Programs
      (14:00-16:00; No.2 Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building 7)
      Co-Chair: Jun Han, Head of the Ministry of Rural Development, Development Research Center of the State Council, China
      Co-Chair: Zengyu Fan, Deputy Director of the Training Center of the State Council's Poverty Relief Office, China
      Rapporteur: Guobao Wu, Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
      • Investments to support hunger reduction
        Speaker: Michael Wales, Principal Advisor, Investment Centre Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Italy
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 379K)  |  Summary Note: (PDF 110K)
      • Investments to support poverty reduction
        Speaker: Shenggen Fan, Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 205K)
        Policy Brief: (PDF 123K)
      • Mechanism: What kind of method and mechanism to improve the effectiveness of policies targeting the poor? How to adjust the targeting mechanism according to the changing situation?
        Speaker: Hui Xu, Director, Department of Planning and Finance, The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD), China
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 98K)  |  Chinese: (PPT 86K)
      • Effects of rural communities' participation in China's development
        Speaker: Xiaoyun Li, Dean and professor, College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, and Advisor, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), China
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 98K)  |  Summary Note: (PDF 200K)
      • Infrastructure and the poorest
        Speaker: Kirit Parikh, Planning Commission, Government of India, India
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 124K)  |  Summary Note: (PDF 77K)
      • Government specific poverty reduction program: How should government make and implement specific poverty reduction program to effectively transfer resources to the poor?
        Speaker: Sangui Wang, Professor, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Remin University of China, and Advisor, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 111K)
      • DISCUSSION
    4. Creating and Enhancing Assets of the Rural Poor
      (14:00-16:00; No.1 Conference Room, 1st Floor, Building 8)
      Co-Chair: Co-Chair: Franz Heidhues, Deputy Chairman, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and Professor, University Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany
      Co-Chair: Xiaoshan Du, Deputy Director and Researcher, The Rural Development Institute Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
      Rapporteur: Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
      • Property Rights: What interventions have been effective at securing and increasing the assets of the rural poor, particularly women? What are appropriate land reform strategies? How can water rights of the poor best be secured?
        Speaker: Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
        Presentation: (PPT 797K)
        Policy Brief: (PDF 104K)
      • Climate Change: Pro-poor adaptation, risk management, and mitigation
        Speaker: Mark W. Rosegrant, Director, Environment Production and Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
        Presentation: (PPT 568K)
      • Improvement of kids' nourishment and the degree of social security to the poor
        Speaker: Mai Lu, Director General, China Reform and Development Foundation, China
      • Microfinance: What type of microfinance interventions are needed to enable the poorest to improve their asset base?
        Speaker: Fazle Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC, Bangladesh
      • Resource integration and poverty reduction in extremely poor regions: resource integration in specially poor region, poverty reduction strategies of extended plots development - Guangxi Dongbafeng assembly welfare
        Speaker: Decai Hu, Director, Poverty Reduction Office of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
        Presentation (PPT): (PPT 2.0M)  |  Chinese: (PPT 1.5M)
      • DISCUSSION
  • C.2 Plenary Panel: Report back from C.1 Parallel Sessions/Roundtables
    (16:15-17:15; Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Friendship Palace.)
    Co-Chair: John Joseph Otim, President, Agricultural Council of Uganda & Senior Advisor to President Museveni of Uganda, Uganda
    Co-Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Chief of Staff, Director General's Office and Head, 2020 Vision Initiative, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
    Video: Report from Parallel Sessions/Roundtables
    • Roundtable 1: Fostering Pro-poor Growth
      Speaker: Sarfraz Khan Qureshi, Director, Innovative Development Strategies and Former Director General, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Pakistan
      Presentation: (PPT 111K)
    • Roundtable 2: Reducing Vulnerability through Social Protection
      Speaker: Ling Zhu, Deputy Director and research fellow, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
      Presentation: (PPT 29K)
    • Roundtable 3: Targeting the Poor—Policies and Programs
      Speaker: Jun Han, Head of the Ministry of Rural Development, Development Research Center of the State Council, China
    • Roundtable 4: Creating and Enhancing Assets of the Rural Poor
      Speaker: Franz Heidhues, Deputy Chairman, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and Professor, University Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany
    • DISCUSSION
  • C.3 Keynote Addresses: Challenges and Opportunities for Poverty Reduction
    (17:15-18:00; Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Friendship Palace)
    Chair: M. Syeduzzaman, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Bangladesh Rice Foundation, and Former Finance Minister, Bangladesh
    Video: Keynote Addresses
    • Role of Development Partners in Facilitating the Approach for Poverty and Hunger Reduction
      Speaker: Serge Abou, Head of Delegation, European Commission, China
      Summary Note: (PDF 131K)
    • Poverty in Eastern and Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
      Speaker: Erastus Mwencha, Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Zambia
      Presentation: (PPT 476K)  |  Summary Note: (PDF 105K)
    • Sharing Experiences in Poverty Reduction Across the Hemispheres
      Speaker: Peter McPherson, President, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC); and Chairman of the Board, Dow Jones, USA
Welcome Dinner
(19:00-20:30; Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Friendship Palace)
Chair: Lijian Zhang, Deputy President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China
    • Welcome Remarks:
      Xiaojian Fan, Minister, The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD), China
      Ross Garnaut, Chair, Board of Trustees, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Professor of Economics, Australian National University, Australia
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