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International development experts to lecture at Museum of Rockies on April 21

April 12, 2011

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International development experts Debra Wahlberg and George Metcalfe will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies.

The lecture is the second of a three-part series discussing contemporary issues in sustainable development and hosted by Montana State University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Wahlberg and Metcalfe will discuss what works and what doesn't in international development based on their combined 60 years of experience in some 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Balkans, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

Wahlberg is currently the project director of a USAID project in Jamaica. She has also directed and participated in USAID development projects in Antigua, Dominica, Kosovo, Hungary, Poland, Albania, Macedonia and Uganda.

Over a 30-year period, Metcalfe led and directed World Bank, United Nations, Asian Development Bank, USAID, and university and foundation sponsored projects in Botswana, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan and Nepal. He also played a major role in the startup and development of TechnoServe, Inc., an international assistance organization established in 1969. During his 10 years with TechnoServe, Metcalfe established TechnoServe country programs in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, the Cameroon, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Peru.

Wahlberg and Metcalfe also strongly support and advocate for MSU's Engineers Without Borders.

Engineers Without Borders is an interdisciplinary, student-led effort to provide innovative, community-based support to primary schools in the Khwisero district of rural western Kenya. Since 2004, EWB has sent more than 75 MSU students to Khwisero, implemented seven deep water wells and six composting latrines in the effort to decrease the rate of water borne illnesses and help empower young, Kenyan students who spend hours of each day collecting water for their families. As a result of EWB's work, students spend less time walking to get water and more time in the classroom. Local support from the Gallatin Valley plays a direct role in the lives of community members in Khwisero.

Contact: Joe Thiel, ewbmsu@gmail.com or (208) 681-4658