Business can empower world’s poor

Harold Rosen, an international development expert with the World Bank, will discuss how new grassroots approaches to business can give poor people in developing countries the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. The lecture takes place at 8 a.m., Monday, April 14, in Room 200 of the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center.

Free and open to the campus community, the talk is part of the Public Policy Breakfast Lecture Series sponsored by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy. This event is co-sponsored by Net Impact, an Olin Business School student group that promotes using the power of business to create a better world.

Rosen has extensive experience in economic development, microfinance and grassroots business. He has been with the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corp., since 1978 and is founding director of the Grassroots Business Initiative, a group that works with the World Bank to strengthen grassroots enterprises and create sustainable economic opportunities through 60 projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Advance registration is required.

For more information, contact Gloria Lucy at 935-5689 or or visit