Episode Description

One of the world's foremost development economists Professor Sir Paul Collier from Oxford University, Blavatnik School of Government joins our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo) for this breathtaking episode on poverty alleviation and turnarounds. Sir Paul has previously written 4 books on the topic of poverty alleviation, governance and sustainable growth including one of the most famous books in the development literature called 'The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It' (https://www.amazon.com/Bottom-Billion-Poorest-Countries-Failing/dp/0195373383). Prior to this Sir Paul also held the position as the Director of Research at the World Bank.

In this episode we talk about:

-definitions, types and causes of poverty.

-properties of fragile states and the 'bottom billion' people in the world

-how states can manufacture turnarounds including learnings from examples of growing middle-income countries such as Bangladesh, India, Singapore etc.

-where Western institutions working in the development sector get it wrong and how to ameliorate those errors.

-how to achieve good leadership and governance at a state-level.

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Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode.

(00:00) - Intro

(06:23) - Humble roots and what made Sir Paul interested in the topics of development economics and governance?

(08:25) - What is poverty? Does poverty always have to relate with a financial benchmark? What are the types and causes of poverty?

(10:37) - Who are the "Bottom Billion" ?

(12:11) -  What are the structural traps to poverty that Bottom Billion countries have?

(22:13) - How do the Western institutions allocate capital for the development sector?

(26:43) - What role does the World Bank and other financial institutions play to bolster infrastructure building?

(30:26) - How can states manufacture turnarounds?

(38:16) - How do countries like Bangladesh and other developing states continue to grow (autopilot development) despite high number of corruption and poverty?

(42:13) - Are we in the right trajectory in terms of alleviating poverty? What roles do the government and state leaders have to establish strong societies?

(46:16) - Outro