Can aid reduce inequality?
Lessons from Latin America
organized by NorLARNet and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (Noref)
Friday 7 September; 09:00 - 10:30
Litteraturhuset (room: Kjelleren), Wergelandsv. 29, Oslo
Registration here (free entrance; a light breakfast will be served from 08:45)
CARLOS FORTIN, Research Associate at the Inst. of Development Studies (IDS), Univ. of Sussex
HÅKON A. GULBRANDSEN, Senior adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
BENEDICTE BULL, Associate professor, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), Univ. of Oslo
Latin America is widely known for being the most unequal region in the world. Over the last decade major achievements have been made in reducing poverty and strengthening social and political inclusion. Yet, deeply rooted and multi-dimensional inequalities persist, and there is no consensus about how to address them. The fact that inequality and not generally low income levels is the main problem, has led to a critique against making Latin America a recipient of Norwegian aid. In this seminar we will discuss possible means to address inequality in Latin America, and what role aid could play to support those, based on the findings of a new Noref report on the topic: International cooperation to reduce inequality, written by Fortín and Augusto Varas.
Carlos Fortin is a Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex (UK) and at the Chile 21 Foundation. Between 1990 and 2005 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. He is the author of three books and a large number of scholarly monographs and articles on the political economy of development. He is currently working on a project on the international trade regime and human rights.