TED Talk By Paul Collier on Rebuilding War-Torn Nations

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Professor Paul Collier Writes About Conflict and Economic Development

Professor Paul Collier is a noted writer on the dynamics of development and conflict in low income countries. His areas of research focus on the the political economy of democracy, economic growth in Africa, the economics of civil war, aid, globalization and poverty.

He is the author of The Bottom Billion, which won numerous awards in 2008, and his second book, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, was published in March 2009. His latest book is called The Plundered Planet: Why We Must and How We Can Manage The World’s Natural Resources to Ensure Global Prosperity.

Paul is an Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, and also an Advisor to the African Region of the World Bank. He previous worked as an Advisor to the British Government on its recent White Paper on economic development policy as well.

TED Talk By Paul Collier on Rebuilding War-Torn Nations

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Paul Collier discussed the topic of rebuilding war-torn nations in a recent TED Talk. He argued that long conflict can wreck a country and leave behind poverty and chaos, but that there is a best way to help these counties rebuild. He suggests three ideas for a better approach to post-conflict aid plans, in order to reduce the statistic that 40% of all post-conflict situations revert back to conflict within a decade.

These situations have accounted for half of all civil wars, so with this poor record it’s clear that the conventional approach doesn’t work. His alternative suggestions focus on changing the reality of the situation by first recognizing that the legacy of conflict is a really bad economic policy. He suggests focusing on an inclusion agenda which doesn’t come from elections, but rather from genuinely bringing all the key actors inside the tent of cooperation.