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26th January 2018   |   Central Hall, Westminister, London, UK
Local non-state solutions for fighting poverty

ECR | Global Poverty Summit

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:

  • Poverty: The reality and hidden causes;
  • Policy-based poverty solutions, and
  • How non-state actors and local communities can tackle poverty.

    VENUE

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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

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    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.


    Syed Kamall MEP

    ECR Group co-Chairman and Member of the European Parliament for London

    Alex Le Vey

    Director of Development, The London Community Foundation

    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.


    Alex Le Vey

    Director of Development, The London Community Foundation

    Duncan Parker

    CEO Fredericks Foundation

    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.


    Duncan Parker

    CEO Fredericks Foundation

    Michael Tanner

    CATO Institute senior fellow

    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.


    Michael Tanner

    CATO Institute senior fellow

    Baroness Philippa Stroud

    (panel chair) CEO of the Legatum Institute

    (Panel Chair)

    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.


    Baroness Philippa Stroud

    (panel chair) CEO of the Legatum Institute

    Patrick Spencer

    Head of Work and Welfare Policy, Centre for Social Justice

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    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.


    Patrick Spencer

    Head of Work and Welfare Policy, Centre for Social Justice

    John Humphrys

    (video presentation) Kitchen Table Charities Trust

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    As well as being a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, John Humphrys is also the founder of the Kitchen Table Charities Trust, a small organisation giving grants to people around the world.


    John Humphrys

    (video presentation) Kitchen Table Charities Trust

    Dick Couvée

    Minister/Director of St. Pauls-Church in Rotterdam

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    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
    Netherlands.

    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.


    Dick Couvée

    Minister/Director of St. Pauls-Church in Rotterdam

    Flavian-Catalin Pah

    President of "Professor Gheorghe Balaci" Association

    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.


    Flavian-Catalin Pah

    President of "Professor Gheorghe Balaci" Association

    Nouran Salah

    Cairo Cycling Geckos

    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.


    Nouran Salah

    Cairo Cycling Geckos

    Wan Saiful Wan Jan

    Chief Executive, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

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    Wan Saiful Wan Jan is chief executive of IDEAS, an independent pro-market think tank in ASEAN that operates from its head office in Kuala Lumpur.


    Wan Saiful Wan Jan

    Chief Executive, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

    Dorothea Arndt

    Co-CEO, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Hand in Hand International

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    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.


    Dorothea Arndt

    Co-CEO, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Hand in Hand International

    "Global poverty will not be solved by governments or foreign aid alone. In many local communities across the world, there are individuals and local community non-state grassroots organisations tackling poverty and social exclusion. While there are plenty of advocates for governments and large international aid organisations to do more, we also need to create environments in which individuals and local non-state organisations can tackle problems in their local communities. There is no one size fits all solution to poverty. Every situation is different. The ECR Global Poverty Summit will challenge established thinking and - by listening to local community grassroots organisations - come up with suggestions in a report which, I believe, if put into practice, will have a significant impact on tackling poverty in many of our local communities worldwide."
    Syed Kamall, ECR Group co-Chairman and Member of the European Parliament for London

    AGENDA

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    09:30-10:00

    Registration & coffee

    10:00-10:30

    Opening address:

    Syed Kamall, Co-Chairman ECR Group

    10.30-10.40

    Video message:

    TBC

    10:45-12:00

    Panel : “Poverty: the reality, and hidden causes”

    Among the panelists :-

    Alex Le Vey (London Community Foundation)

    Andy Cook, CSJ

    Duncan Parker, Frederick’s Foundation

    12:00-12:30

    Keynote address :

    Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

    12.30-13.45

    Lunch

    13.45-14.00

    Video message:

    TBC

    14:00-15:30

    Panel : “Poverty: the policy solution”

    Chair: Philipa Stroud, Legatum James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy

    Among the panelists :-

    Patrick Spencer (Centre for Social Justice)

    15:30-16:00

    Tea break

    16.00-16.15

    Video message :

    John Humphrys, BBC ‘Today’ programme and Kitchen Table Charities Trust

    16:15-17:30

    Panel : “Poverty: the personal solutions” What can I do?

    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

    17:30-17:45

    Summary and conclusions

    Syed Kamall MEP

    Co-Chairman ECR Group

    17:45

    Drinks reception

    REGISTRATION

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    If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ecrglobalpovertysummit.com

    REGISTER for the ECR GLOBAL POVERTY CONFERENCE

    Free Entry

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    Included:

    Networking drinks reception
    Buffet lunch
    Refreshments throughout the day

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