The ECR Global Poverty Summit, taking place in London on 26th January, is the definitive forum for local non-state organisations challenging the notion that only top-down state solutions can alleviate global poverty.
The ECR Global Poverty Summit, chaired by ECR Group co-Chairman Syed Kamall MEP, will bring together some of the world’s most prominent figures in this area, with the sole aim of generating a report comprising action steps community organisations, philanthropists and others can use to tackle poverty today in Europe and globally.
The European Union, as well as governments around the world, have poured billions of dollars into foreign aid, and yet we still face a serious problem. In 2015, it was estimated that 17.3% of the EU population were at risk of poverty (source: European Parliament) and in the UK 7.3% of the population are classified as experiencing persistent poverty (source: ONS).
Among the agenda items:
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Sitting at the heart of the political capital of the United Kingdom, the Central Hall Westminster has played host to some of the greatest speakers and debates of our times. Since first opening in 1912, the venue has welcomed such speakers as Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and Martin Luther King Jr, as well as hosting the first ever meeting of the United Nations in 1946. A century on, and this historic building continues to be a focus for debates and inquiries on the most important issues of our day.
SPEAKERS AND VIDEO PRESENTATIONS
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In order of appearance. Click the image of the speaker to find out more.
Syed Kamall MEP
ECR Group co-Chairman and Member of the European Parliament for London
Syed Kamall MEP is the co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group in the European Parliament and an MEP for London. Dr Kamall is also the host of the ECR Global Poverty Summit.
As an MEP, he is involved in a huge variety of work but his personal passion is in finding small, non-state organisations who are tackling social problems in ways governments have either not thought of or have been unable to deliver.
These have included small organisations tackling issues ranging from anti-radicalisation to social mobility and micro finance.
Alex Le Vey from the London Community Foundation will be telling us how small, grassroots-based charities and community groups can transform the lives of those in need. LCF, in partnership with its donors, has invested 55 million pounds in more than 11,500 charitable projects since it’s inception. Alex will be telling us about the opportunity LCF and the small charities and community groups it supports have to do more and achieve even greater impact.
Duncan has a unique academic and professional background in the third sector and the commercial world, blending commercial solutions to poverty issues. Current appointment is Chief Executive of a Fredericks Foundation, a UK microfinance charity.
A CATO Institute Fellow and author of a multitude of articles and books on the topic of poverty, social welfare, health and social security.
He has written widely for America’s most respected publications including the New York Times and published books with titles ranging from “Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis”, “The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society”, and “A New Deal for Social Security”.
Michael will help to challenge some of the established wisdom surrounding poverty.
His latest book, Poverty, A Libertarian Perspective, is expected to be released in early 2018.
Baroness Philippa Stroud
(panel chair) CEO of the Legatum Institute
Philippa is CEO of the Legatum Institute, an international think tank and educational charity. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice and previously served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and
Pensions. Philippa was made a life peer in 2015 in recognition of her work tackling poverty and social breakdown.
Head of Work and Welfare Policy, Centre for Social Justice
Patrick is Head of Work and Welfare Policy at the Centre for Social Justice. Previously he studied at Georgetown University and the University of Leeds, after which he had a career in the financial services industry.
Minister/Director of the Diaconal Centre of St. Pauls-Church in Rotterdam. St.
Pauls-Church is a well-known centre for refuge and care for the people in the
margin of society: homeless people, addicted people, refugees and people
without papers (“sans papiers”). In his work, Dick meets a lot of people that are
faced every day with the harsh reality of poverty and social exclusion for a length
of time. Rotterdam is the city with the highest rates of poverty in the
In 2018 the Church is launching a campaign for a broad civil movement for a Warm
Rotterdam against poverty and social exclusion in the Rotterdam-region.
Dick will tell us about the causes and problems of poverty and about solutions,
especially about what can be done by the people affected themselves, NGO’s and
churches on the neighbourhood level.
Flavian started volunteering when he was 15. Three years ago he started an NGO focused on talking literacy and poverty in Romanian villages. He managed to create an integrated development system, dedicated to rural areas, based on education, social businesses and medium and long-term sustainability.
A “carefree, nonconformist changemaker”, Nouran is the founder of Cairo Cycling Geckos, an initiative that shocked the entire Egyptian nation when she set off to cycle the streets of Cairo to distribute free meals during Ramadan in an all-women-caravan, breaking social taboos. Setting off every day before breaking her fast, Nouran took on the daunting streets of Cairo’s slums, cycling through traffic-laden bridges and roads engulfed in garbage, as she lead her team to distribute meals for underprivileged people, not only during Ramadan but also afterwards, when she began giving out clothes and blankets.
Co-CEO, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Hand in Hand International
Dorothea is Co-CEO and Head of Corporate Partnerships at Hand in Hand International, an NGO working to fight poverty through grassroots entrepreneurship. With its package of business and skills training, access to microfinance, and links to markets and value chains, Hand in Hand has helped more than 3 million people work their way out of poverty – without relying on handouts.
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Registration & coffee
Syed Kamall, Co-Chairman ECR Group
Among the panelists :-
Alex Le Vey (London Community Foundation)
Andy Cook, CSJ
Duncan Parker, Frederick’s Foundation
Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Chair: Philipa Stroud, Legatum James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy
Among the panelists :-
Patrick Spencer (Centre for Social Justice)
John Humphrys, BBC ‘Today’ programme and Kitchen Table Charities Trust
5 min stories capturing the impact of their work
Chair: Syed Kamall, Co-Chairman ECR Group
Andy Smith, Regenerate, London, UK
Pastor Dick Couvee, Paulus Church, Rotterdam homeless project, Netherlands
Flavian Pah, Romanian retraining project
Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Malaysian refugee project
Dorothea Arndt, Hand in hand, Sweden
Nouran Salah, Cairo Cycling Geckos, Egypt
Jacob Whittingham, Fight for Peace
Syed Kamall MEP
Co-Chairman ECR Group
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REGISTER for the ECR GLOBAL POVERTY CONFERENCE
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Networking drinks reception
Refreshments throughout the day
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Help us produce a report which will make a real difference to poverty worldwide