Cities by Design: Smart Communities and Villages

When and Where

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:10 pm to 6:00 pm
Jackman Law Building, Faculty of Law
78 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7


Professor Joseph Wong


Part of the Urban Challenge Project Seminars

New date above; previously scheduled for April 23.

Professor Joseph Wong, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the department of political science

“The Political Economy of Reach" Prof. Joesph Wong

With the global SDG agenda, the world is committed to ensuring no one is left
behind. No one. That means our development interventions – in health,
education, employment, access to finance, etc. – need to reach those who
are the hardest to reach, those who are the poorest of the poor, the most
geographically distant, and the marginalized. The REACH project at U of T has
investigated various ways to reach those who until now have been excluded or
left behind. We also know, however, that reaching the hard to reach is very
costly, in terms of total cost, on a per capita basis and most importantly,
in terms of marginal cost. The steep rise in marginal cost thus makes it
difficult to craft a political or economic case to reach the hardest to
reach. How then can we square our stated commitment to reaching everyone and
ensuring no one is left behind, on the one hand, with the political economic
challenges of actually doing so, on the other?”


78 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7