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EPPC 2013 - European Public Policy Conference in Paris 17/04/2013 - 19/04/2013 Breaking the Cycle - Rethinking Poverty in the Developed World

From April 18 - 20, 2013 public policy students from Europe and across the globe gathered in Paris to participate in the 5th annual European Public Policy Conference.

Students from Europe's leading public policy schools gathered from 18 - 20 April 2013 to engage with policymakers, academics and professionals in a series of panel debates and intensive workshops. The conference was structured around three focus areas: "Reconfiguring Poverty", "Challenging Existing Policies" and "Breaking the Cycle". The proceedings from the conference were published online on the conference website.

> Reconfiguring Poverty

This panel examined our understanding of poverty in the developed world. Different definitions and indicators from institutions, such as the World Bank and the European Union, provide a starting point but the concept and manifestation of modern poverty are constantly evolving. Other dimensions of poverty, such as educational or health poverty, have recently become more salient in the public debate and will change the way we perceive poverty.

> Challenging Existing Policies

This panel assessed the effectiveness of current policy responses to poverty. The participants discussed the provocative question as to whether existing policies to combat poverty merely alleviate or even perpetuate the problem. Recognizing that organizations such as food banks enjoy growing popularity, this panel questioned the capacity of a system based on charity and public transfer payments - especially at a time of fiscal austerity - to help people out of poverty.

> Breaking the Cycle

This panel brought together a diverse group of professionals from civil society, business and the state in a unique setting to discuss and develop responses to poverty. They explained their own innovative contributions to addressing this ongoing problem, ranging from corporate social responsibility to community-led initiatives. This panel sought to inspire proposals that can put existing ideas into practice, thus helping to break the cycle of poverty in developed countries.

For more information, please visit the official conference website.

From April 18 - 20, 2013 public policy students from Europe and across the globe gathered in Paris to participate in the 5th annual European Public Policy Conference.

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