Public Talk with Arthur Holcombe: Founder The Poverty Alleviation Fund

News item posted on: March 30th, 2011
Public Talk with Arthur Holcombe, Founder The Poverty Alleviation Fund

The Tibet Center at UVa invites you attend a public talk entitled “China’s Approaches to Poverty Reduction–Role of The Poverty Fund in Tibetan Townships” by Arthur Holcombe the founder of the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund (Now The Poverty Alleviation Fund).

Monday, April 4, 2011
3:00 – 4:00pm, NAU Hall, Room 342

Arthur Holcombe was Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme and Resident Coordinator of UN Operational Activities in China during 1992-1998, and during this period was also accredited to the People’s Republic of China as the UN Resident Coordinator and representative of the UN Secretary General. During 1992-1998, Mr. Holcombe initiated many programs and workshops to promote poverty reduction, employment, environmental protection, improved basic health and education and increased HIV/AIDS awareness.

Prior to 1992, Arthur Holcombe served in many postings with UNDP, including as Deputy and Acting Resident Representative in Afghanistan (1975-79); as Deputy Resident Representative in Pakistan (1979); as Resident Representative of UNDP in the South Pacific based in Fiji (1980-1984); and as Resident Representative in the Sudan (1984-1985). During 1989-91 he was Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific of UNDP at its headquarters in New York.

In 1998 Arthur Holcombe established the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund to promote Tibetan livelihoods and well being in rural areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Main project activities included employable skills training, township and village enterprise development, rural micro credit, milk production and dairy development in rural Nomad areas and Tibetan artisan products development and sales.

Since 2000, Dr. Holcombe has also given lectures on various development and aid strategy topics at the Brandeis University Heller School of Social Policy and at Beijing Normal University.

Arthur Holcombe has an A.B. from Harvard College (Government), an M.P.I.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (Economic and Social Development) and a Ph. D. from New York University (Economics).

– UVA Campus: Nau Hall 342 at 3-4pm on Monday, April 4, 2011