Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015


PAUL COLLIER - Professor of Economics of Oxford University Economics Department, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College

Prof. Collier’s areas of activity include governance in low-income countries, especially the political economy of democracy, economic growth in Africa, economics of civil war, aid, globalization and poverty.

Prof. Collier has researched the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid; and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource-rich societies. In addition to the usual academic outputs, his work has had substantial policy impact. He was the senior advisor to Blair’s Commission on Africa.

Paul Collier was Director of the Development Research group at the World Bank from April 1998 to April 2003. His book The Bottom Billion has won the Gelber Prize for 2008.