A Buyer-Led Approach to Creating Jobs for the Poor

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October 19th 2012, 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Location: Mercy Corps Action Center

What: A free noon-time lecture by Dr. James T. Riordan, Development Economist and Author.

When: Noon, Friday, October 19.

Where: The Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204; 503-896-5747.

RSVP: Register for this free event here.

Dr. James T. Riordan challenges conventional wisdom on international development work in his book, We Do Know How: A Buyer-Led Approach to Creating Jobs for the Poor.  With practical guidance, Riordan shows how to build on the incentives that drive businesses and, in the process, expand poor people's incomes.

Riordan takes buzzwords commonly used in development circles--"demand-driven," "results-oriented," "accountability"-- and makes them real, spelling out a proven approach to drive economic growth. With more than 35 years of experience working in the public, non-profit and academic sectors, Riordan has designed and implemented anti-poverty, food security, business development, rural development and policy reform programs in 59 countries. Sponsored by Global Envision, Mercy Corps’ blog about market-driven solutions to poverty. Jim's book is available from Powell's. For a primer, read his 2007 Stanford Social Innovation Review article, "One Buyer at a Time".

For most of the last 20 years, Riordan was a director at Chemonics International Inc. Dr. Riordan directed USAID/Peru’s Poverty Reduction and Alleviation program, managing business promotion centers in 11 economic corridors in the country’s interior, generating more than $307 million in new sales and created 81,900 new jobs in 4 years. He has a PhD in economics and an MA in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and a BA in mathematics from Fordham University.