Getting From Here to There
What the World's People WantStreaming Video - 2011
A paradigm shift has occurred since the founding of the World Bank over half a century ago, representing a new awareness of how reduction-of-poverty programs impact the daily lives of the people they aim to help. The people themselves are making their voices heard. Global public opinion in the form of online activists, the findings of research groups such as Columbia University's Earth Institute, and the UN's 1998 Declaration of Human Duties and Responsibilities all indicate a wish for less spending on military budgets and more on basic human rights. In this program a panel of economists respond to Hazel Henderson's assertion that world opinion is slowly reshaping economic models, and that ethical investing plays a key role in this change. Do the poor really have a voice when global policymaking continues to be dominated by rich nations, and government lobbyists can override corporate pledges of social responsibility? With former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff; Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, director of the UN's Human Development Report; and independent economist John Perkins.