Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 13, 2008

Microcredit Expert to Discuss Strategies for Ending Global Poverty Oct. 29 at Whitworth

WHAT: A lecture, "Champions and Revolutionaries: Critical Ingredients for Ending Global Poverty," by Sam Daley-Harris

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Music Recital Hall in the music building at Whitworth University

COST: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4844.

Sam Daley-Harris is director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and founder and president of RESULTS and RESULTS Education Fund, both based in Washington, D.C. RESULTS is a nonprofit, international citizens' lobby group aimed at creating the political will to end global hunger and poverty. RESULTS Education Fund is a nonprofit focused on mass educational strategies to end world hunger.

Microcredit loans, often totaling less than $150, enable recipients to rise out of poverty by starting and expanding tiny businesses. In 1997, RESULTS Education Fund organized the first Microcredit Summit, which was held in Washington, D.C., and attended by more than 2,900 people from 137 countries. The summit launched a campaign to provide credit for self-employment and other financial and business services to 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, by 2005. Following the success of that initiative, the Microcredit Summit re-launched the campaign in 2006 with two new goals to reach by 2015: provide credit and other financial services to 175 million families worldwide and ensure that 100 million people rise above the $1 (U.S.) per-day wage threshold.

Whitworth is co-sponsoring Daley-Harris' lecture with the World Affairs Council of Spokane, which brings in speakers to talk about global issues as part of its mission to cultivate an informed worldview in the Inland Northwest and to encourage people to participate in the international community.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Patrick Van Inwegen, associate professor of political science, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4844 or pvaninwegen@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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