360 Lecture: Campaigning to end poverty. What’s inequality got to do with it?Monday 29 Jan 2018
Due to unforeseen circumstances Katy is unable to come to Warwick today and the lecture has been cancelled. We will try to re-arrange it for a later date. Apologies for the inconvenience.
For several years, Oxfam has made headlines around the world with its pronouncements that global economic inequality is out of control.
This year, Oxfam said that over eighty percent of global growth went to the richest 1%, whilst the poorest half of the world saw no increase in wealth at all. This may feel unfair, but for a charity that wants to end poverty, why does it matter that some people are so rich? There is no fixed pie of wealth, so surely there is room for the super-rich to get richer and still have success stories at the bottom?
Date: Monday 12 February 2018, 6.00-7.00pm
Location: OC0.03, Oculus, University of Warwick
This lecture from Oxfam’s head of advocacy will outline why the billionaire boom is not something to celebrate, but is a symptom of an increasingly broken economics that it is making it harder to overcome poverty. It will talk about what needs to be done to reverse this trend, and discuss the role of campaigning, communications, evidence and advocacy in persuading the richest that they can’t have it all.
About the author - Katy Chakrabortty
Katy is Head of Advocacy at Oxfam GB. She leads the team focused on Oxfam's political influence in the UK, and its relationship with the UK government and parliament. She has been at Oxfam since 2009, and as well as political relations work she has played a major role in Oxfam's Even it Up campaign against extreme economic inequality: supporting the public advocacy of the Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, working to engage thought leaders and influential allies on inequality,and managing Oxfam's annual campaign to highlight inequality at the time of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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