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Foreign Policy Magazine names Andy Sumner among top 100 global thinkers of 2011

7 December 2011

IDS Research Fellow Andy Sumner has been named one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2011. Published annually by the magazine Foreign Policy, the Top 100 Global Thinkers list recognises ideas and thinkers who have influenced global affairs.

Sumner was recognised for his work on the New Bottom Billion, which shows that, today, the majority of the world’s poor live in middle income countries. This is in contrast to the situation in 1990, when most poor people lived in poor countries.

Describing the significance of Sumner's work, Foreign Policy stated, "his research means a radical redrawing of the aid map - a complex challenge that involves not just old-fashioned handouts but everything from new trade deals to revised political partnerships.”

Foreign Policy asked those it listed as top global thinkers to comment on the financial crisis facing many economies, the rise of China and the other BRICS countries and the Arab uprisings of 2011. Read Andy Sumner's responses to these questions on the Top 100 Global Thinkers list (scroll down to see Sumner's entry).