The Interaction Between Poverty, Growth and Democracy


The Legatum Center welcomes Dr. Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru, to give a Legatum Pericles Lecture at noon today in MIT Wong Auditorium, Building E51.

The Legatum Pericles Lecture, inaugurated with lectures by presidents John Kufuor and José Ramos-Horta in September 2009, is a series of lectures featuring prominent public leaders that focuses on how governments can support and develop entrepreneurs.

Dr. Toledo was democratically elected president of Peru in 2001. During his five-year term, the central aim of Toledo’s presidency was the fight against poverty through investment in healthcare and education. As a result of sustained economic growth and deliberate social policies directed to the poorest of the poor, extreme poverty was reduced by 25 percent in five years.

This lecture is open to the general public free of charge. Seating will be limited. Doors will open at 11:40 a.m. Visit the Legatum website for additional information.


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