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LAC-CAF Conference in Brasília: “The Future of Social Policy in Latin America: Is the Good News Fading?”

On 14 March 2016, the LAC held its third biennial conference in Latin America co-organised with CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. The topic was “Social Policy in Latin America” and the local partner was IPEA (Institute for Applied Economic Research, government of Brazil).


African Studies Seminar: Fair Tax - What does it look like and how do we get it? (Invite only event)

Oxfam-Oxford University May 2016
Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 - 17:00 to 19:00
Investcorp Building lecture room, St. Antony’s College, Oxford

This event, bringing together the shared expertise of Oxfam and the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre, will discuss the notion of fair tax in the context of a growing inequality crisis.

Mark Goldring, CEO Oxfam GB
Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa
Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International
Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute.
Nic Cheeseman, African Studies Centre

'The Andean Region Today: Political, International and Economic Challenges' Conference

Thursday, 5 May, 2016 - 14:00 to Friday, 6 May, 2016 - 17:00
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College

The Latin American Centre and the Universidad Andina in Quito are together organising a conference on the contemporary scene in the Andean republics (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) on May 5 and 6, 2016.