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Book launch invitation "Growth is dead, long live growth:The quality of economic growth and why it matters"


The AFD, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute organise a workshop and book launch on the quality of growth on 26th January at AFD headquarters in Paris.

“Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction” - Gandhi.

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What are the things that we, as citizens of this planet, really care about?

The negative impact of global climate change is evident and greenhouse gas emissions are accelerating at an alarming rate while inequalities are increasing along with the vulnerability of our societies, especially in the aftermath of the global economic downturn.

Societies face a choice:  either reframe their definition of growth, or continue to pursue growth as we have known it for decades, anchored in representations, practices and metrics from the 20th century even while we know these will not survive the 21st century.

There are emerging signs of change.

The debate on the post-2015 development agenda is slowly moving towards a greater consensus on the need to focus on growth that:
•    generates jobs
•    reduces inequality
•    encourages the sustainable use of natural resources
•    generates manageable amounts of pollution and greenhouse gases.

By and large, however, despite this debate in international forums, politicians both in developed and developing countries alike persist in pursuing growth as we have known it. 

In academia, economists in particular could do more to address these essential 21st century questions:
•    What are the dimensions of the quality of growth we should most care about?
•    How do we measure the quality of growth?
•    What are the tradeoffs in the context of different policy regimes and governance structures?
We hope this book provokes decision-makers to think twice about the blind pursuit of “growth at all costs,” and the development community to think seriously about how their day-to-day decisions and activities can contribute, both positively and negatively, to realizing a higher quality of growth. 

With the participation of:

  • Anne Paugam, Director General, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Melissa Leach, Director, Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
  • Lawrence Haddad, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report’s Independent Expert Group
  • Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for Climate Change and Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
  • Michel Aglietta, Advisor, Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales, CEPII
  • Richard Bluhm, Assistant Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Alexis Bonnel, Environment Advisor, Direction of Operations, AFD
  • Jean-Pierre Cling, Senior Advisor, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Akio Hosono, Senior Research Fellow, JICA-Research Institute
  • Hiroshi Kato, Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Bruno Losch, Economist, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, CIRAD
  • Nicolas Meisel, Economist, AFD
  • Andrés Mejia Acosta, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London

Languages: French and English (simultaneous interpretation)
The book will be offered to all participants. 

► Click here to download the programme
► Click here to download the introductory chapter of the book

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