India, despite its recent doldrums, remains one of two fastest growing
economies globally. It also has the largest concentration of poor people in
the world. This creates an unprecedented opportunity to end poverty in a
generation. What will it take? How can India leverage the political space
that growth has created for much-needed policy and institutional reforms
to accelerate and sustain growth and tackle long-standing problems of
social exclusion, illiteracy, ill-health, and governance? How can it take
advantage of its demographic dividend to propel India on a different
development trajectory that can indeed end poverty in a generation?

This conversation between Professor Vivek Dehejia and Dr. Shekhar Shah was
recorded on June 11, 2012 following a public lecture and roundtable on the same subject
hosted by the Canada-India Centre for Excellence and the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), at IDRC headquarters in Ottawa,
Ontario, CANADA.

Shekhar Shah is Director-General of India's National Council of
Applied Economic Research (NCAER). He was previously the World
Bank's regional economic advisor for South Asia and sector manager
for public sector and governance in Eastern Europe and Central
Asia. He is a principal author of the 2004 World Development
Report "Making Services Work for Poor People."

Vivek Dehejia is an economics professor at Carleton University and
a writer and commentator on India. He is a contributing writer to
the New York Times India Ink, as well as a frequent contributor to
publications in India.

NCAER, established in 1956, is India's oldest and largest independent
economic think tank committed to assist government, the private
sector and civil society in making informed, evidence-based policy
and programme choices and in implementing and evaluating them.
NCAER has particular strengths in the collection and analysis of large-
scale data sets that map India's economic and social transformation.

The Canada-India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade
and Policy at Carleton University was established in collaboration
with the High Commission of India and community partners to build
trade partnerships, scientific and cultural links between Canada and
India. It builds on Carleton's more than 25 years of research activity
related to India and brings together key members of the academic,
business and public policy communities in both countries to provide a
platform for cutting-edge research, analysis, training and exchanges.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports
research in developing countries to promote growth and
development. Working with researchers and innovators in those
countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic,
and environmental problems their societies face, IDRC's goal is
to bring choice and change to the people who need it most. A
Canadian Crown corporation established in 1970, IDRC is guided
by an international Board of Governors and reports to Canada's
Parliament through the Minister of Foreign Affairs. (

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