Ravi Kanbur – Ghana & England

Linked with Founding statement of CorA, with NEPAD New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and with Global Policy Forum GPF.

He is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Professor of Economics at the Cornell University.

He has previously taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Princeton and Warwick. He has also served on the staff of the World Bank, including as Chief Economist for Africa. (University of Toronto).

Ravi Kanbur, the T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University is on leave of absence from his post for the academic year 1999-2000 to lead this report (WDR 2000). A UK citizen, Kanbur was on the staff of the World Bank from 1989 to 1997, serving successively as Adviser, Senior Adviser, Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist for Africa, and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist. (Africa Action, scroll down).

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), An Initial Commentary, by Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, 2001.

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Ravi Kanbur – Ghana & England

Kanbur stated: “since you asked for my views, I wanted to let you know my own personal philosophy and perspective as we go into the processes leading up to the Poverty WDR. First and foremost, I want to stress that I would stand behind any Report that I put my name to, and would not submit to any substantive editing I did not agree with”, (In a letter to the Bretton Woods Project of 17 July 1998, Africa Action, scroll down).

Professor Kanbur’s main areas of interest are public economics and development economics. His work spans conceptual, empirical, and policy analysis. He is particularly interested in bridging the worlds of rigorous analysis and practical policy making. (Center for the Study of Economy and Society).

His epopee with the World Bank: Censorship at the World Bank, the Case of Ravi Kanbur (who resigned from the World Bank in 2000): Ravi Kanbur, a distinguished development economist and T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University, was appointed by the Bank in Spring 1998 to lead a team in writing a World Development Report (WDR) on poverty.

At Kanbur’s request, the Bretton Woods Project and New Policy Institute ran an electronic conference to discuss the WDR first draft and hundreds of experts contributed ideas. Eventually, Kanbur resigned in June 2000, due to what he saw as unreasonable pressure to tone down WDR sections on growth and economic redistribution. Some believe that US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers himself insisted on some of these fundamental changes. Many called it outright censorship. (from Global Policy Forum).

Economic Policy, Distribution and Poverty, The Nature of Disagreements, 2001.

Download: Impossible Architecture, why the financial structure is not working for the poor and how to redesign it for equity and development – a citizns global progress report on poverty eradication and gender equity, 266 pdf-pages. (Global policy org).

Read: Why is Inequality Back on the Agenda.

Read: Pareto’s Revenge.


Read: Growth, Inequality and Poverty, Some Hard Questions.


Read: Child Labor, a review.

His publications:
on the Cornell University (his conferences), and the Dept. of applied economics and management;
on amazon;
on MIT Press;
on Stanford University Press;
on Center for Economic Policy Research;
on Oxford Univ. Press.


Internal Critics of the World Bank and the IMF, on Global Policy Forum;

Conference in Honor of Joe Stiglitz, October 24-25, 2003;

The three sisters, and other institutions;

Social and Economic Policy;

Sustainability Watch, a southern civil society network;

Kathryn Gates: The Human Rights Overlap.

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