The Mysterious World Bank: History, Evolution and Future Under Jim Yong Kim

Thomas Blinkhorn, Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD)

Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

The World Bank is the largest development institution in the world. This special lecture will relate the story of its creation, how it has changed since its creation in 1944, its achievements and mistakes as well as the challenges it faces under its new leader, and former Dartmouth President, Jim Yong Kim.

About the Speaker

Tom Blinkhorn worked at the World Bank for 30 years as a staff member and manager. His career involved, among other things, work in the health and agriculture sectors in Africa, environment programs in India, including the infamous Narmada dam project, municipal and social services development activities in countries of the former Soviet Union. He and his family moved to Hanover a few years ago after he retired from the Bank; his wife grew up here. Tom is a native of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, studied in the United States and worked as a journalist for several years before joining the Bank. He continues to consult for the Bank and is actively involved in several civic pursuits locally including the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth.