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Human Behaviour Seminar on Addressing Global Inequalities

30 Oct 2015

Professor David Hulme speaks on Monday, 30 November (1-2pm) in Mansfield Cooper G.19

Manchester Informatics are pleased to announce that the first event in this year's cycle of the Human Behaviour Seminar Series will take place on 30th November 2015. This year's themes are the Universities five research beacons.

Professor David Hulme from the Brooks World Poverty Institute will present ‘UN Global Goals and Human Behaviour: Results-based Management or Changing Social Norms or Celebrity Advocacy?’

The United Nations General Assembly has moved on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000-2015 to halve poverty to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate poverty by 2030, promote global social justice/reduce inequality and achieve sustainability. The original framing of the MDGs was from results-based management – SMART goals/targets/indicators will lead to behaviours that will accelerate global social progress. This remains the frame for the SDGs but they are (i) linked to the ‘leave no-one behind’ slogan, and (ii) accompanied by a major attempt, led by Richard Curtis, to communicate the 17 SDGs through social media and celebrity advocacy. This work-in-progress presentation examines the framing of the goals and argues that the goals, and the processes surrounding them, are not focussing sufficiently on the ‘grassroots’ and changing international social norms…they may even be fostering ‘post-democratic’ political behaviours.

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute. David has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of NGOs in development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years.

Light refreshments will be provided.


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