Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges Symposium

11 April 2018, 9.00 AM - 13 April 2018, 9.00 PM

In April 2018 the University of Bristol’s Research Institutes held a three-day symposium to help foster a collaborative approach to impactful research to address pressing global challenges. The Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges Symposiumfeatured a varied programme exploring topics such as conflict, energy access, natural hazards and global health from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Bristol Poverty Institute hosted an engaging and thought-provoking session on the first day of the conference. You can find summaries and filmed interviews with our speakers below. The full programme and presentation slides can be accessed on the main event page


Our four speakers and interviews:

  • Dr Katharine Hall, Children's Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Enrique Delamonica, UNICEF
  • Dr Assefa Bequele, African Child Policy Forum
  • Professor Luis Beccaria, National University of General Sarmiento, Argentina

Dr Katherine Hall is a Sociologist working for social justice for children in the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town. In this interview, Dr Hall reflects on the importance of a multi-dimensional approach to measuring poverty, using context-based indicators to provide indices of deprivation relating to, for example, education and health.

Dr. Enrique Delamonica is a Senior Statistician working on child poverty at UNICEF. In this interview Dr Delamonica claims that child poverty like poverty in general, cannot be eradicated forever, because poverty is an issue of human rights, and since human rights can be violated at any time so the fight to eliminate poverty must continue every day.

Dr Assefa Bequele is the Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum, an independent, not-for-profit Pan-African organisation which carries out policy research and advocacy work on the ‘African child’. Dr Bequele believes that the biggest challenge to eradicating poverty is the lack of African Governments’ accountability to its citizens. 

Professor Luis Beccaria works at the University of General Sarmiento and teaches at the University of Buenos Aires. His main areas of research are the labour market, income distribution, and poverty. Professor Beccaria states that his biggest challenge is to understand why Latin America has the highest level of income inequality in the world.


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