Why Poverty?

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01Paul Collier20121126

, author of "The Bottom Billion", Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, advocates the giving of overseas aid only to countries without a "credible prospect of escaping mass poverty over the next generation."

"Properly justified, and clearly bounded, most British people have the decency to support turning despair into hope. But people should not be exected to aquiesce if co-erced through taxation into meeting need wherever on the globe it is found."

"Why Poverty?" features five speakers on different aspects of the subject of poverty and is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes on the topic.

Producer: Sheila Cook.

02Elizabeth Ohene20121127

, writer and former government minister in Ghana, says science education is a vital tool in fighting poverty.

"Why Poverty?" features five speakers on different aspects of the subject of poverty and is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes on the topic.

Producer: Sheila Cook.

03Bernard Hare20121128

reflects on his life growing up poor and witnessing poverty in Britain since the fifties. Born in Leeds, the son of a miner, he recalls the hardship suffered during the strikes of the 70s and 80s and charts his own chequered path from grammar school boy to social worker, to drop-out, to writer and mentor to a group of once delinquent children portrayed in his book, "Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew". He says: "Poverty isn't only about a lack of resources. The worst poverty is found when there is a lack of education, understanding, hope... Ultimately, it seems to me, "poverty" is a state of mind. If you think you're poor, you're poor. If you think you're rich, you're rich."

"Why Poverty?" features five speakers on different aspects of the subject of poverty and is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes on the topic.

Producer: Sheila Cook.

04Lawrence Haddad20121129

, Director of the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, reflects on the causes of continuing widespread malnutrition and suggests new solutions to fight it.

"Why Poverty?" features five speakers on different aspects of the subject of poverty and is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes on the topic.

Producer: Sheila Cook.

05 LASTClare Lockhart20121130

, CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness and co-author of "Fixing Failed States", reflects on the need to harness private capital in partnership with public aid to lift nations out of poverty.

"Why Poverty?" features five speakers on different aspects of the subject of poverty and is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes on the topic.

Producer: Sheila Cook.

Clare Lockhart, CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness and co-author of "Fixing Failed States", reflects on the need to harness private capital in partnership with public aid to lift nations out of poverty.