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George Roter to speak on February 16

February 14, 2012 | By |

George Roter, co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada, will be presenting a lecture called “Stop ‘helping those poor people in Africa:’ An argument for a systemic approach to supporting international development.

He will examine our standard approaches to poverty reduction and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He will argue that simple actions – like building a well or a school – are insufficient to achieving poverty reduction and get in the way of more effective approaches. A different way forward is needed – focusing on systemic change – in order to drive economic and social development, and greater justice for those living in poverty.

The public lecture will be in the Lecture Hall, STP 105, at St. Paul’s University College at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 16.

Admission  is free. Parking is available at St. Paul’s on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free after 4:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Kelly Deeks-Johnson, kideeks@uwaterloo.ca