Jean-Paul Dailly on the Role of Language in Development

On May 11, 2017 JPDS’s Founder and Vice President Jean-Paul Dailly participated in the two-day symposium organized by the Study Group on Language and the United Nations.

Speaking to an audience composed of scholars, UN staff, and development professionals,
Mr. Dailly highlighted the role of language in fostering participation and governance with a focus on French-speaking Africa.

“While a lot of progress has been made by international organizations to produce knowledge in languages other than English,  more is needed,” he declared in his introduction.

Drawing from his experience as a former development practitioner and founder of a translation agency with 20 years of experience  in economic development, he illustrated the impact of translation in ensuring successful project implementation with real-life examples and offered recommendations on financing options to increase the number of publications available in all UN official languages.

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