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Conference Focuses on Collaborations to Eliminate Poverty

Government and private sector collaboration, sustainability and justice in the marketplace will be the focus of Rethinking Development: Institutional Collaboration for Sustainable Societies on Wednesday, April 14, in the Power Center Ballroom.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought and the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business, the free lecture will feature Dr. Daniel K. Finn, professor of theology and Clemens Professor of Economics at St. John's University in Minnesota. In addition to his faculty role, Finn is the past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics and the Association for Social Economics.

"One could argue that our historical approach to development has been ineffective," said Dr. Alan R. Miciak, dean of the business school. "Developed nations contribute billions of dollars annually, and we haven't seen a lot of progress in eradicating poverty over extended time. Is there another way of doing development? Now, more than in the past, there is increased dialogue between the private sector, nongovernment organizations and governments about how to best approach this problem."

According to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of 2000, developed nations are called to actively contribute a portion of their Gross Domestic Product to halving the percentage of the world population who live in extreme poverty by 2015. While significant inroads have been made, new perspectives and approaches offer insight to achieving that goal through microfinance and other programs.

"Rethinking development from an economical and ethical perspective through the lens of Catholic social thought provides a vision of how business and other social institutions can become a catalyst for change," said Dr. Ma. Christina Astorga, director of the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought. "Creating sustainable societies where access to the basic goods of quality human life is made available is our desired end."

For more information on the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought and its programs, visit www.duq.edu/cst.

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