How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential?
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The welfare state in the UK was revolutionary: it lifted thousands out of poverty, provided decent homes, good education and security. But it is out of kilter now: an elaborate and expensive system of managing needs and risks. Today we face new challenges. Our resources have changed.
In this Sussex Development Lecture, Hilary Cottam, discusses her new exciting and ambitious book ‘Radical Help’ which looks at how we can re-design a welfare state for this century. She will talk about how we will not meet SDG targets if we work in old ways and 20th century systems and mindsets.
About the speaker
Hilary is an IDS Alum, her career started with an international focus, working in Northern Ethiopia, with Care International in Latin America and as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank, based in Washington D.C., working in Southern Africa.
Today Hilary is focused on reforming the British welfare state. Her work starts where the great 20th century welfare designer Sir William Beveridge left off. Hilary challenges us to stop trying to reform out of date institutions and instead look at how modern solutions might start with people and communities, fostering their capabilities.
This Sussex Development Lecture is part of the series: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – Synergies and Tensions.
Drinks reception and book sales will follow the lecture.