Poverty as Ideology and the Economics of Marginalization in Tibet

On 18 January 2019, Dr. Andrew Fischer, Associate Professor at the International Institute of Social Studies gave a lecture titled 'Economics of Marginalization' at the Illiott School of International Affairs, George Washington University . 

The Tibet GovLab at George Washington University hosted a lecture and book launch reception for Dr. Andrew Fischer, Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Following the lecture, an informal dinner reception was hosted to celebrate Dr Fischer's new book, 'Poverty as Ideology: Rescuing Social Justice from Global Development Agendas'

In his book, Andrew Fischer shows that shortcomings in global development agendas stem from ideologically driven views of poverty and anti-poverty policies, which have in turn shaped how it is conceived and measured. Fischer argues that an effective and lasting  solution to global poverty requires us to reclaim the development agenda from the ‘poverty industry’ and to reorient our efforts away from current fixations on productivity and towards the more equitable distribution of wealth and resources.

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