BBC recording: The End of Development, Professor Henrietta Moore

Blavatnik School of Government, 10 Merton St, Oxford, OX1 4JJ
February 2015

Over recent decades, the richer world has poured money towards poorer countries, in the form of aid and loans for development over many decades. But is this top-down solution really effective? Anthropologist Henrietta Moore argues that the age of development is over, and that we need to move to new ideas about how to improve human lives. Professor Moore, who heads the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, says that the fatal flaw of “development” is that it is a concept invented by the global North and imposed on the global South.

The lecture, which is part of the BBC World Service’s ‘A Richer World’ season, will be chaired by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and recorded in front of a live audience, here at the School. In addition to the lecture there will be a recorded Q&A session.

Spaces may be limited, if you would like to attend please email

Additionally, the BBC team would love to hear from you in advance if you would you like to ask Professor Moore a question about her ideas. Please email one question, along with your name to by the end of Friday 20 February, and we will pass it on to the programme team to consider it for inclusion in the discussion. In addition, there will also be opportunities for the audience to ask on-the-spot questions on the night.

The recording will be broadcast on the World Service on Saturday 7th March 19:06, and repeated Sunday 8th March 12:06 GMT (all regions excluding ANR, AFE and AFW).