UNCTAD Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes

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UNCTAD's Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda
for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Short courses for Geneva delegates

Building Productive Capacities in LDCs as a Means to Reduce Poverty
Palais des Nations, Geneva
26 March, 2007

Presenters - Biographical details

Charles Gore is currently Senior Economic Affairs Officer and Chief of Research and Policy Analysis in the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes in UNCTAD. He has been directing the research for UNCTAD's Least Developed Countries Report since 1999 and is currently leading the team writing the 2007 Report which is on Policies for Technological Learning and Innovation in LDCs.

Originally trained in economic geography, Dr. Gore first worked for UNCTAD in 1984 after the publication of his book Regions in Question: Space, Development Theory and Regional Policy. During the 1980s, he helped to re-formulate UNCTAD's analytical approach to the development problems of landlocked countries on the basis of comparative economic analysis and enterprise-level research on the production and marketing strategies of major exporters and importers in some African landlocked countries. In the 1990s he elaborated UNCTAD's initial analysis of the role of the government in East Asian development success for the Trade and Development Report 1994 and he also coordinated research on policy lessons of East Asian development for Africa, which was published in the Trade and Development Report 1998. He has also worked in the ILO where he coordinated an international research project on the implications of social exclusion for the design of anti-poverty strategy as part of the activities related to the World Social Summit. 

Dr. Gore holds a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, USA, and an M.A. from Cambridge University, UK. He was a Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Wales from 1976-1991, and in that role he assisted in the design of various pioneering policy-oriented development studies courses and advised on higher education links between UK and Ghana in the field of development studies. He is the author and editor of various books and articles on the subjects of globalization, development strategies and poverty. His article, “The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus as a Paradigm for Developing Countries”, has regularly been one of the top 20 most downloaded articles in the journal World Development.

Dr. Gore is a member of the UN Experts Group of the Millennium Project and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva. 



Michael Herrmann works as economic researcher and policy analyst at UNCTAD, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes (ALDC).

He joined UNCTAD in 2000. Since then he co-authors UNCTAD's Reports on the world's least developed countries (LDCs).

Prior to assuming his current position, he worked as a collaborator with the International Labour Organization, Switzerland, and as a lecturer in international economics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Michael participates in international research projects.

He has contributed to a research project of the University of Tokyo/ ISS, and most recently he has worked on a research project of the United Nations University/ WIDER.

His research interests include economic growth, structural change, trade, investment, employment and poverty.


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