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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 served or am currently serving in Rotary at the level of my club (President), District (Evaluation Adviser and Interact Chair, among others), and Rotary International (member of Rotary’s Network of Representatives and committee member for the Rotary Foundation). 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 (Palgrave Macmillan) which I hope can be useful to you if you are also a Rotarian or a member of another service club.
Professionally I have been working with the World Bank for the last 18 years, where I am currently a Lead Economist in the Education Global Practice. Before that I worked among others for Procter & Gamble, the International Movement ATD Fourth World (a great NGO) and the University of Namur. For those interested in academic background, I hold MA/MSc degrees in business engineering, economics, and philosophy, as well as PhDs in Economics and in 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.