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GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM DEBATES


Wednesday March 5th, 2003, 7.30 - 9:00pm
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly W1

Corruption is an inevitable part of Economic Development
Chair: Ms Malina Merha, Speakers: Professor Robert Nield, Anthony Sampson,
Mr Mushtaq Khan, Dr Peter Eigen
Some economists and historians argue that corruption is one of the
ingredients that encourages and facilitates economic development and that it
is an inevitable corollary of the process of transition. Others take the
view that corruption is an evil that corrodes the very fabric of society and
robs the poorest of their basic dues.

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Wednesday March 12th, 2003, 7.00pm
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly W1

The Common Agricultural Policy protects the Social Fabric of the European
Countryside and Damages the Poorest Countries of the World.
Chair: Ms Zena Badawi, Speakers: Mr Carl Greenidge, Mr Kevin Watkins, Mr
Jack Thurston

The Common Agricultural Policy has done well for the members of the European
Union, ensuring food for all its people. However, should it now be reformed?
Some would argue that, if it is not reformed its protectionist policies will
continue to be the single most important obstacle to world development.

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Wednesday March 19th, 2003, 7.00pm
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly W1

In the field of development, do northern NGOs act as agents of their
governments?
Chair: Ms. Caroline Spelman,MP Speakers: Mr. Firoze Manji, Mr. Mike
Aaronson, Professor Peter Willetts

Many observers would argue that seldom when working in the Third World
northern non-governmental organisations perform in any manner different from
that which their governments would wish them to. But should they be honest
representatives of the views of their particular constituencies or are they
in place to encourage the Civil Society of the South?

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Wednesday March 26th, 2003, 7.00pm
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly W1

Multinational corporations: engines of growth or global monsters?
Speakers: Mr. Daniel Franklin, Mr. Andrew Simms, Dr. Sally Uren, Mr. Dino
Adriano

MNC have been the tool through which our standards of living have steadily
been raised over the last 50 years. In recent years they have been blamed
for many ills of our society, from exploitation of cheap labour to
destruction of the environment. Yet they operate within a legal context that
we have framed and bring us jobs, investment and change. How should we treat
them?

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