UNESCO’s Luciano Carrino talks about crisis in international development

UNESCO’s Luciano Carrino is the featured speaker at a seminar on “Universities and the Production of Knowledge for Human Development”, tomorrow, Oct. 19.

Sponsored by the Colloquium on the Global South, the seminar takes place in Room 305, York Lanes from 2:30-4:30pm.

Carrino is a well-known author and practitioner in the field of international development cooperation, in particular in the European Union, the United Nations other similar multilateral contexts. In his latest book, Of Pearls and Pirates, he discusses the contemporary crisis of development cooperation and proposes alternatives to the aggressive unilateralism and bilateralism at the root of the crisis. In his talk, Carrino will suggest how universities and university research can play a critical role in improving development cooperation.

Based in the General Directorate for Development Cooperation in Rome, Carrino is one of the leading figures behind an initiative called ART, a collaborative initiative of the UNDP, UNESCO, UNOPS, UNIFEM and other development agencies. Author of many books on international development, he has also produced an educational series of cartoons of Radiotelevisione Italiana on Human Development (2000), and 20 documentaries on poverty and human development (1980-2002). Earlier in his career as a psychiatrist, he was one of the leading figures in the movements that led to mental health policy reform in Italy in 1978.

About the Colloquium on the Global South

The Colloquium on the Global South is presented by the University Consortium on the Global South at York. An open space for debate and critical inquiry for students, faculty members, non-governmental organizations, social activists and policy-makers, colloquia are free and do not require pre-registration. For further information, visit the Web site, or contact Elena Cirkovic at celena@yorku.ca, or ext. 55737.

Future colloquia

  • Oct. 26 – Adrian Shubert, on internationalization of York University
  • Nov. 2 – Judy Rebick, on immigrant women in the Canadian women’s movement
  • Nov. 9 – a panel on political prisoners