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OGLM 2080 - Dealing with Poverty in Large Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

1 in 10 people in the world live on less that 1,90 USD a day. The fight against poverty has become a common goal in most public policies, at a local, national and international level. But behind a general agreement on the necessity to eradicate poverty, lie huge ideological debates on the practical ways to reach that goal. What are the most effective ways to relieve people from poverty? What is the role of public institutions, international organisations, companies and NGOs in the fight against poverty? What are the practical solutions developed in the past few years and can they be replicated? After a general introduction, the sessions will focus on local initiatives presented by professionals.


COUSIN, Agathe (Communication and Partnerships Adviser, France Mediation)

Pedagogical format

4 sessions of 3 hours. Course 1 : Introduction: defining poverty/ global facts and figures/ anti-poverty strategies Course 2 : Case study: social housing and work inclusion programs Couse 3 : Personal microcredit Couse 4 : Oral presentation

Course validation

Level of participation 10%. Short presentation (group) 30%. Written analysis (group) 60%.

Required reading

  • Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Poor Economics. A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, Public Affairs, 2011 (Also available in French, Repenser la Pauvreté, éditions du Seuil) Website :
  • World Bank, Poverty and Shared Prosperity, 2016

Additional required reading

  • Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom. Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • C.K. Prahalad, Stuart L. Hart, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, Strategy + Businness, January 2002