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The Philippine Paradox: Growth and the Problem of Inclusivity

Lecture | November 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 100 Blum Hall

Lila Ramos Shahani, Head of Communications, Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster, Government of the Philippines

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Despite impressive GDP growth margins, the poor remain left behind in the Philippines, as Gini coefficients and the growth elasticity of poverty clearly demonstrate. Since his election in 2010, what has the administration of Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III been doing in terms of anti-poverty programs and how have these programs been faring?

Lila Ramos Shahani has had a variety of work experiences both in the Philippines and the U.S. She was Deputy Director of the Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino (Museum of Philippine Humanities) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and taught Literature and Art Studies at the University of the Philippines. In the U.S., she worked as an assistant editor for Oxford University Press, a research director for the United Nations Children’s Fund, and a policy adviser for the United Nations Development Programme.

More recently, she was Assistant Secretary at the National Anti-Poverty Commission and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. She is now head of communications of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster, which covers twenty-six government agencies dealing with poverty and development.

She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, a masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and is a doctoral candidate at Oxford University. Her mother is a former ambassador and senator in the Philippines. She is a niece of former Philippine president Fidel Ramos.

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