Awarding winning author to give The Guernsey Oxford Lecture on 23 May 2011 at St. James

May 18th, 2011 by Oxford University Society Guernsey Branch

The Oxford University Society Guernsey Branch presents a talk on “Beyond the Bottom Billion” by Paul Collier CBE, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.

Professor Paul Collier‘s presentation takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday 23 May 2011 at St. James Concert and Assembly Hall.

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford, will be in Guernsey on 23 May to give a presentation on "Beyond the Bottom Billion" (click image to expand - ©Randy Quan)

Admission is by ticket which may be obtained from Steven Jones, c/o BWCI Group, PO Box 68, Albert House, South Esplanade, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3BY (email: guernsey @ or from the St James box office.

(click on the image to download a PDF flyer to your computer giving details of the presentation)

Beyond the Bottom Billion

Why are some countries poor? Why do some poor countries experience one problem after another while others break out of the poverty trap? Can the drive for prosperity be reconciled with care for the environment? What does all this mean for us and the environment?

Professor Collier will draw on his extensive research and experience of advising the governments of developing countries and institutions such as the World Bank to present insightful analysis and creative solutions that confront the fatalism that often surrounds these issues.

Professor Collier has also written on these issues in three books bringing his research to a wider audience.

His award winning book, The Bottom Billion, highlighted how, while poverty is falling for about 80% of the World, the real crisis concerns the failing states that are home to the bottom billion of the World’s population.

His subsequent book, Wars, Guns and Votes, looked at why some of these countries are good at elections but bad at democratic accountability.

Most recently, in The Plundered Planet, he has looked at how natural resources present the best survival route for the world’s poor provided they are used responsibly and not plundered through corruption or squandered by the current generation at the expense of the next.

Effective solutions to all these problems will not only help the bottom billion but will also improve our long term security and the impact of global growth on the environment.

The Oxford University Society public lecture brings an internationally recognised speaker to Guernsey to give a clear yet detailed insight into the issues of world poverty, development and care for the environment.

We believe that these are important issues for senior school students.  To encourage attendance we are making the event FREE to students.

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