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Bell, former president of CARE, to discuss NGOs, int'l relief, and development, Feb. 24

Feb 24, 2010 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

Peter Bell M.P.A.'64, a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and former president of CARE, will deliver a public lecture titled, "The Role of Global NGOs in World Politics: The Case of International Relief and Development NGOs: at 4:30 .m. on Wednesday, February 24, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Bell has been a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations since September 2007. While there, he has also co-chaired the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS and chairs the NGO Leaders Forum, which brings together the heads of major U.S.-based international relief and development NGOs. Previously, he served for ten years as president of CARE USA, one of the world’s largest private relief and development organizations. Before becoming president of CARE in 1995, he had been a member of its Board of Directors for seven years, the last five as its chair.

Bell has a long-standing commitment to fighting poverty, advancing human rights and preventing violent conflict. As president of The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation for nine years before joining CARE, he sought to improve conditions for people who are poor and disadvantaged, primarily in the United States. Bell was a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1984 to 1986, and president of the Inter-American Foundation, which supports grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean, from 1980 to 1983. He served as Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare during the Carter Administration.. Earlier, he worked for the Ford Foundation for 12 years, including ten with its Latin American program.

Bell’s volunteer positions include being vice chair of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, a director of The Global Water Challenge, a director of Transparency International—USA, a trustee of the World Peace Foundation and chairman emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue. He was formerly chair of the ONE Campaign, a member of the founding Board of Human Rights Watch, chair of the Refugee Policy Group, and chair of the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.

He has published articles on international affairs in major newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor, and in various journals and books. He is also author of "Fulfilling the Public Trust: Ten Ways to Help Nonprofit Boards Maintain Accountability."

This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Graduate Career Services. It is free and open to the public.

Peter Bell M.P.A.’64, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University and the Hauser Cent for Nonprofit Organization, and former president of CARE