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Out of the Bretton Woods: Building a World Bank for the 21st Century

LSE public lecture

The first decade of the 21st Century has shown the extent to which we are increasingly interdependent for our prosperity, security and environmental sustainability. Tackling global poverty in today's world is not only a moral imperative, but in our common interest.

Douglas Alexander will assess the importance of the World Bank in the fight against poverty, and propose the reforms that are necessary to equip it for the challenges that lie ahead.

Douglas Alexander MP was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 28 June 2007. He was previously Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland from May 2006 to June 2007. He was Minister of State for Europe from May 2005 to May 2006, Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs from September 2004 to April 2005 and Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness at the Department for Trade and Industry in June 2001. In May 2002 he moved to the Cabinet Office, becoming Minister for the Cabinet Office in June 2003 where, among other things, he led on the Government's better regulation agenda, public and civil service reform and e-government.


Mr Douglas Alexander MP | talks
Chair Professor Ngaire Woods | talks


Date and Time:

10 February 2010 at 5:15 pm


1 hour



London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton Street


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This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. One ticket per person can be requested from 1pm on Friday 5 February.

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