"War and Peace in Africa" by Professor Paul Collier

Professor Paul Collier, University of Oxford, gave The Royal Economic Society's Annual Public Lecture 2006, hosted by the University of Sheffield, on Monday 27 November at 6.00 pm in the Octagon Centre, Western Bank. (He repeated the lecture later in the week in Edinburgh and London.)

The lecture was entitled "War and Peace in Africa" and was well-attended. The session lasted approximately an hour and was followed by a drinks reception.

While other developing regions have growth, Africa has become synonymous with poverty and conflict. Continuing divergence would generate unmanageable problems. Tribalism, legacies of colonialism, disease, and IMF policies have all been peddled as explanations. Modern economics can take us beyond the political posturing that has dominated discussion. It offers a distinctive diagnosis of Africa 's problems, and a practical agenda for what can be done.

Professor Paul Collier is Professor of Economics at Oxford University and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. For five years he was Director of the research department of the World Bank, brought in by Joe Stiglitz, and he was senior advisor to the Commission for Africa. His new book, "The Bottom Billion", is about to be published.

Paul was at KES from 1960 to Dec 1966 (photo) and went up to Trinity College, Oxford in 1967.

Present at the lecture were Trevor Nuttall, who taught Economics to Paul in 1965-7, David Anderson, KES Head of Economics from 1967 to 1995, Russell Sharrock, KES Headmaster from 1966 to 1988, and current Economics students from KES with the Head of Economics, Craig Dillon.

Paul spent the morning of Tuesday 28 November at KES, his first return visit since 1966, before being whisked off to Edinburgh.

David Anderson (KES Head of Economics 67-95), Paul Collier, Chris Beck, Don Nicolson, Ian Nicolson (A-Level Economics student at KES)

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David Anderson, Paul Collier, Chris Beck, Don Nicolson, Rod Nicolson (Dean of Science at the University of Sheffield)

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Don Nicolson, Chris Beck, Russell Sharrock (Headmaster 66-88), David Anderson, Trevor Nuttall (KES Head of Economics 65-67)

Photo via C.J. Beck