Presidential Fellows Lecture by Peter D. Bell, President and CEO, CARE USA
Bell’s remarks focused on the transformation of CARE USA from a “technical and apolitical” organization into a rights-based organization that emphasizes the inherent link between human rights and poverty reduction. Bell noted that CARE USA is no longer solely focused on treating the symptoms of poverty; it is committed to eradicating extreme poverty from its roots by targeting underlying causes such as gender inequality, social exclusion and failing systems of governance. Additionally, he commented that the organization no longer emphasizes institutional growth or increased funding levels as a measure of success, but rather more values-driven indicators that measure the impact of projects on poverty reduction.
A discussion period followed the presentation. During the discussion, Bell commended the World Bank for its transformation under the tenure of President Wolfensohn, including its willingness to address previously taboo topics such as corruption and social accountability, and its efforts to engage with civil society and non-governmental organizations.