February 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Wealth & Poverty: Speaker from World Bank Africa Region, March 18

The Wealth and Poverty Theme is sponsoring a public lecture with Mike Goldberg of the World Bank on Tuesday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Baker Theater.

WealthandPoverty 170pxGoldberg, Operations Adviser to the Regional Vice President oft the Africa Region at the World Bank, will discuss “Do institutional solutions for poverty alleviation outperform informal ones?”

Abstract: With poverty alleviation, there are no easy answers. The World Bank lends, grants and guarantees billions of dollars in economic development activities in 144 countries. We have economists, lawyers, poverty specialists, irrigation experts, forestry wizards and a huge pool of talent dedicated to two overarching goals—poverty alleviation and shared prosperity. This engaging and participatory talk will discuss the informal solutions that the poor use to maintain and improve their incomes and asset bases, and how institutional solutions such as those used by the World Bank compare.

Goldberg started his career as a Peace Corps Small Business Volunteer in Ecuador and then worked as a project manager for CARE Guatemala and Appropriate Technology International in Colombia and Peru. With the World Bank since 1992, he has worked in East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean as a microfinance and small business development expert. He earned a master’s in economic development from The Fletcher School (Tufts) and an M.B.A./M.S.F. from Drexel University. His recent books include Microfinance: Managing Risk and Creating Value and How Firms Cope with Crime and Violence, both published by the World Bank.

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Wealth and Poverty Theme and the College of Arts & Sciences.


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