Left behind – anti-discrimination in the fight against poverty

5 september, 13:00-14:30, Valhallavägen 199, Hörsalen, Sida Registration from 12.30

The ultimate purpose of development cooperation is to reduce poverty. In slogans and high profiled speeches, the international community aims to “leave no one behind”.

Many of those living in poverty also belong to discriminated against groups. Anti-discrimination measures and programs are key to helping people escape poverty. Still, not enough is known about what works in anti-discrimination.

In collaboration with Sida, the EBA organizes a Sweden launch of the Fourth Chronic Poverty Report. The report argues that ‘Growth from Above’ must be balanced against ‘Growth from Below’ for effective poverty reduction. On the same occasion a new EBA report on anti-discrimination will be launched, “Impact of Civil Society Anti-Discrimination Initiatives”. By summarizing existing knowledge on civil society anti-discrimination programs, the report suggests improvements and points out where more knowledge is needed.


12.30 Registration

13.00 Introduction, Mats Hårsmar

13:03 Chronic Poverty Report, Andrew Shepherd

13:25 Anti-discrimination report, Rachel Marcus

13:45 Panel Discussion: David Lawson, Karin Kronlid, Hans Linde, Rachel Marcus, Andrew Shepherd

14:15 Q&A

14:28 Concluding words, Mats Hårsmar

14:30 End and Coffee/Tea


Andrew Shepherd, Principal Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute, ODI, and Director Chronic Poverty Analysis Network, CPAN

Rachel Marcus, Senior Research Fellow, ODI

David Lawson, Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, NAI

Hans Linde, Chairperson, RFSU

Karin Kronlid, Economist/Analyst, Sida

Mats Hårsmar, Program Manager, EBA