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Dr. Naresh Singh

Guest Speaker - March 2018

Dr. Singh has over three decades of work experience in various aspects of international development in more than 50 countries around the world. He pioneered the Sustainable Livelihoods approach to poverty reduction in the mid-90s, which is still used globally especially in conflict situation.


In addition to serving in senior positions in the United Nations and the Federal Government of Canada, he has been a visiting professor/visiting scholar at several institutions in North America  including Harvard, McGill, Waterloo, and Boston Universities, and in India at the O.P. Jindal Global University in Haryana.  Boston University awarded him its summer 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award. 


His books include Legal Rights of the Poor (2014), Sustainable Livelihoods: Building on the Wealth of the Poor (2001); and Empowerment: Towards Sustainable Development (1995). Over the last several years he has conducted a range of high profile international development evaluations for UNDP and the UNFAO, and most recently applied the innovative Developmental Evaluation approach based on complexity theory principles to evaluate a pilot academic program at St. Paul’s University in Canada.

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