16 Sep 2015

OU/BBC programme explores the answer to ending extreme poverty

Internationally-renowned statistician, Professor Hans Rosling turns our attention to the extraordinary target of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 in a one hour BBC programme made in partnership with The Open University.

‘Don’t Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years’, which will be broadcast at 8pm on BBC2 on Wednesday 23 September 2015, considers whether the United Nation’s (UN) number one goal – eradicating ‘extreme poverty’ for almost one billion people living on $1 a day for the first time in human history – is achievable.

Eye-opening, engaging and data-packed performances make Professor Rosling one of the world’s most influential speakers. For ‘Don’t Panic’, he innovatively brings to life the key target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by interweaving powerful statistics with dramatic human stories from Africa and Asia.

The programme was commissioned by The Open University Open Media Unit (OMU) and is support by academics from the Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology (MCT), the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Social Care (HSC).

Information is available on the OU’s free online learning platform, OpenLearn, www.open.edu/openlearn/dontpanic. A course is also available at the OU, TD223 International development: making sense of a changing world/

Don't Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years

• Commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie
• Academic Consultants: Paul Anand, Tony Hirst and Helen Yanacopulos
• Media Fellows: Janet Bardsley, Sue Hemmings and Mike Richards
• Broadcast Project Manager: John Sinton
• Online Project Producer: Freyja Taylor-Law

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