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University hosts 19th Bradford Development Lecture: Africa's Growth Miracle?

5 February 13

Chief Economist of the Department for International Development (DFID) at the University of Oxford, Dr Stefan Dercon, will visit the University of Bradford. The lecture will take place on Thursday 7 February 2013, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Cleary.

Dr Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, will open the questioning on the sudden growth of Africa's economy, whilst debating its validity and sustainability. He will continue to identify the key opportunities and challenges facing the campaign to ensure its contribution to reducing poverty and creating affluent societies.

Dr P.B. Anand, Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, said: "Many staff members and students at the University have a direct connection with Africa. We are equally excited that as the UK holds G8 presidency, this prestigious lecture gives us a chance to raise very important issues in understanding the development challenges in Africa and debate how we can facilitate significant changes - especially for those whose voices are sometimes unheard."

Dr. Stefan Dercon, University of Oxford, said "Africa's recent growth offers a unique and long overdue opportunity, offering hope to a long forgotten continent and investment opportunities for sustained growth. But managed poorly its promise to the poor will not materialise."

The lecture is open to members of the public and is free. It will be held on Thursday 7 February 2013 in the Norcroft Centre at the University of Bradford. The lecture will run from 16:00-17:30 followed by a reception. To register for the event email Dr PB Anand of the Bradford Centre for International Development at

5 February 13

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Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.