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Mulert Award ceremony with award winner Daniel Köhler and president Barbara Weiten

Mulert Award 2010/11

The winner of Mulert Award 2010/11 is Daniel Köhler who wrote a paper on poverty reduction in the Middle East. Daniel holds a Magister degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently enrolled in the Master of Peace and Security Studies program of the ISFH Hamburg. He received a Fulbright scholarship for the academic year 2008-2009 at Princeton University. Daniel's research focuses on Religion and Economics ("Market of Religions", Economics in and Economics of Religion, Economy as Religion, Religious Theory of Economics). Daniel's honors and scholarships include those from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National  Academic Foundation), Princeton University Graduate School, Columbia University, and the Schwarzkopf Foundation.

Abstract of the Mulert Award paper 2010/2011

Daniel Köhler: Why we still bother. Some theoretical remarks on Poverty Reduction in the Middle East.

In a time of global economic downturn and political crisis in the Middle East the very ideas of development aid and poverty reduction have been seriously challenged. The classical arguments for poverty reduction (to fight violence and terrorism, democracy promotion, moral obligation etc) seem not to be adequate any more to prevent an identity crisis within the endeavour of global development policy. The question is: Why do we and should we engage in development aid and poverty reduction? Regrettably the answer is not as clear as it used to be. This essay tries to engage the devils advocate and to find appropriate responses to the onsets brought against poverty reduction and to make way for a new "Why" of development policy.

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