Around the world, economic growth is still considered by many to be the main driver of global development. In more fragile states, it is the leading strategy for reducing poverty.
Yet, while the number of people below the poverty line has decreased in recent decades, inequality remains high and many people are still excluded from the formal economy. Climate disruption is leading to increasingly frequent natural disasters and worsening the socio-economic situation of the world’s most vulnerable people, particularly those living in remote areas.
How can we support the poorest populations to create positive change in their lives? Will it suffice to simply stimulate growth and facilitate access to market benefits for those who are most excluded? If so, how can we develop competitive and inclusive green economies, especially ones that favour women and youth?
Each year, the International Forum brings together a range of international development specialists. In 2017, the Forum will delve into these questions and invite you to consider, debate and propose solutions to build a brighter future.