The Rotarian Economist Short Books series was launched in February 2017. 

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This blog was launched on World Polio Day on October 24, 2014. It provides analysis and commentary that can help readers make a positive difference in the life of the less fortunate. To receive alerts of new posts by email, please provide your email address in the “follow blog via email” widget on the right. To find contents in your areas of interest, simply use keywords in the search widget on the top right.

The blog discusses challenges and opportunities encountered by service clubs. lt features stories about successful projects and analysis of issues related to poverty reduction and development. This includes discussions on priority areas for Rotary International such as promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and eradicating polio. The hope is that the blog and its resources will be useful to Rotarians worldwide, as well as to others interested in service work, poverty reduction, and development.

My name is Quentin Wodon. I am a Rotarian and an economist by training, hence the title of this blog. I have been active in Rotary over time at the level of my club (President), District (Evaluation Adviser, Interact Chair, Grants committee member), and Rotary International (Representative to UN/international organizations and member of the Rotary Foundation Peace Centers Long Range Planning Committee). I currently serve on the boards of the Rotarian Action Groups for Population & Development, and for Micro-finance & Community Development. My father was a Rotarian. My daughters founded the Interact Club of their High School. And my wife recently joined Rotary as well. Here are links for my Rotary club, district, and zone: Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Washington DC, District 7620, and Zones 33-34.

In 2014 I published with my daughters a book entitled Membership in Service Clubs: Rotary’s Experience with Palgrave Macmillan. More recently, I launched in 2017 the Rotarian Economist Short Books series. All books in the series can be downloaded for free. The series provides rapid and practical introductions to topics related to volunteer work, service clubs, nonprofits, and the areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Professionally I have been working with the World Bank for the last 18 years, where I am a Lead Economist in the Education Global Practice. Before joining the World Bank I worked among others for Procter & Gamble, the International Movement ATD Fourth World (a great NGO) and the University of Namur. Awards include a Fulbright grant, the Prize of the Belgian Secretary of Trade, and the Dudley Seers memorial Prize from the Journal of Development Studies. For those interested in academic background, I hold MA/MSc degrees in business engineering, economics, and philosophy, as well as four PhDs in Economics, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Please note that although I will occasionally reproduce in this blog some of my posts at the World Bank, the opinions expressed in the posts for this blog are solely those of the author(s) of each individual post and need not represent the views of the World Bank, its Executive Directors, or the countries they represent, even when posts may have been previously published on the World Bank’s website. This blog is not associated in any formal or informal way with the World Bank.

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  1. Hi Quentin, I have copied some of your stories into my local Rotary newsletter here in D9930 New Zealand and had some good feedback. Regards Barry Marx

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