Speakers from India and Spain on successful approaches to poverty alleviation

  • on 18 Oct 2012
  • Bishop's Common, Hearth Room

Speakers Dr. Renu Khosla from India and Nazrul Islam Chowdhury from Spain will address the broad theme of "Successful Approaches to Poverty Alleviation" during an event Thursday, Oct. 18.

Khosla will speak on the topic "Re-imagining Urban Livelihoods and Slum Development: The Case of India." She is the founding director at the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE), a development NGO focusing on poverty alleviation. Khosla has more than 15 years of development experience working with both the government and NGO sectors in urban poverty alleviation and slum development.

Chowdhury will speak on "Replicating the Grameen Bank in Spain: Prospects and Challenges." Having worked closely for many years with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Chowdhury has become a microfinance consultant to the UN and to Grameen replications in other countries, including Mongolia, Thailand, East Timor and Spain. He is currently the advisor to the Ministry of Official Credit set up by Queen Sofia to explore the replication possibilities of Grameen bank in Spain.

The lectures are free and the public is welcome. A reception will follow the lectures. The event is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and the Social Entrepreneurship Education (SEED) program.