Poverty, Environment and Development: the view from the World Bank
Carter Brandon, Global Lead Economist for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change at the World Bank
Tuesday 6th February, 5.30 - 7pm
How can the international community achieve its shared goal of poverty reduction “in a sustainable manner?” In fact, what does “in a sustainable manner” even mean? What do today’s economic trends mean for growth, poverty reduction, and ecosystems? What strategy does the World Bank have to facilitate green finance, and to promote lower-carbon and more resilient investments? This session will walk through recent World Bank work on poverty, natural capital and sustainability to answer a few of these questions – and to raise many more.
Carter Brandon is the World Bank’s Global Lead Economist for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change. His primary interests are the linkages between the environment, welfare and growth – and showing that global economic growth and poverty reduction targets will be unattainable without reversing current environmental and climate trends. During his twenty-three years at the World Bank, he has held lead positions in both headquarters (Latin America and South Asia regional departments) and in the field (China and Argentina). Prior to joining the World Bank, he ran the Development Economics Group, an economics consulting firm. He also made a documentary film on political unrest in Chiapas, Mexico, and played in the Paris Symphony. He graduated from Harvard University (B.A.) and Oxford University (MSc and DPhil, ABD, Agricultural Economics), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.