Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen

Video | 5 May 2013

Professor Amartya Sen, attending the ADB Annual Meeting in Delhi, reflects on empowering people for inclusive growth.

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Title: Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen

Description: Professor Amartya Sen, attending the ADB Annual Meeting in Delhi, reflects on empowering people for inclusive growth.

Professor Amartya Sen
Nobel Laureate
Economics

Q: Can empowerment bring an end to poverty?
A: It is very important part of solving the problem. But I think by making it the single bullet you lose out things which are important and has not much to do with empowerment. Law is very important, having a court system, and making judgment in time is very important, having a successful media which informs the whole public is very important. And I think, there’s no area of social life  in which there’s only one influence and empowerment cannot be that influence. But I think, unfortunately, people often seem to think that either it has to be the single bullet that will solve it, or it’s not important but that’s not the case, it is very important but it’s not exclusively important.

Q: What is the Asian Development Bank’s role in empowering people?
A: There’s lot of experiences in empowerment, in different ways, in different parts of the country. Sometimes it comes from giving part to education, sometimes going early for health care, sometimes for democratic rights, sometimes for the rights of information and so on. The different country experiences are diverse here and there’s a lot to learn from each other. And I think in the kind of Asian knowledge could be much furthered by Asian Development Bank. The third issue is that there have been along with successes, failures too, something we’d tried out and didn't work and we are to know what these are, it’ll be tempting but it doesn’t work.  In different ways the quality of thinking and decision making in the region could be very substantially improved by a better and reasoned understanding of the problems involve and the experiences across Asia in different countries.