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IADB Expert to Discuss "Poverty and Marginalization in the Caribbean"

WASHINGTON (November 17, 2008) - Dora Currea, Ph.D., General Manager, Country Department Caribbean, Inter-American
Development Bank, is scheduled to deliver a lecture at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center on Friday, November 21 at 2 p.m. She will speak on the topic, “Poverty and Marginalization in the Caribbean.” This, against the background of a global economic crisis that is bound to adversely affect the region.

Distinguished international economist the Hon. Richard L. Bernal, OJ, Alternate Exceutive Director of the Inter-American
Development Bank.will be in attendance.

Currea holds a doctorate in urban policy issues from MIT and a master's degree in municipal finance from Harvard.

She joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 1990 working in the division then established to begin the Bank's activities in adjustment lending in partnership with the World Bank. Since then she has served in the infrastructure and Basic Finance Division working with the English speaking Caribbean and the Andean countries; as advisor in the Office of the Executive Vice President and as representative of the Bank in Ecuador. In 2004, she was named Chief of the Country Division in charge of the country program and policy dialogue with the countries of the English-speaking Caribbean and Suriname. She is currently General Manager of the Caribbean Country Department.

Staff member Dr. Grace Virtue is coordinating the lecture with co-sponsorship from the departments of African Studies, African-American Studies and the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.

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