Inequalities and Conflict

Choosing Policies for Peace

February 23, 2010
12:15 – 1:45pm (lunch will be served at 11:45am)

Speaker: Frances Stewart; Commentator: Regina Birner

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee (Tel: 202.862.8107;


International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility


Violent conflict in multiethnic societies in the developing world is a pre-eminent problem of the 21st century. Horizontal inequalities among religious or ethnic groups, in political, social, economic or cultural dimensions, are an important catalyst of such conflicts. This seminar will identify policies to reduce such inequalities and discuss how to routinely incorporate them into the development agenda.

Frances Stewart is Professor of Development Economics and Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity, Oxford University, UK; A pre-eminent development economist, she received the Mahbub ul Haq award for life time contribution to Human development by the United Nations in 2009; and was named one of fifty outstanding technological leaders for 2003 by Scientific American. Regina Birner is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division.