Of New Things: The Catholic Church and World Development Since 1945
The Roman Catholic Church is a major player in global development. The Church is at the center of an international network of schools, hospitals, relief agencies, and community initiatives that contribute to education, health, and welfare worldwide. But the scope of that contribution—and the mix of collaboration and tensions with governments and development organizations which it fosters—remain poorly understood. Robert Calderisi, a former director of the World Bank, addressed the impact of the Catholic Church on economic and social progress in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His new book Healing the Nations: The Catholic Church and World Development will be published by Yale University Press in September 2013.
Robert Calderisi is an expert and author on international aid and development. After a twenty-four career at the World Bank, he published The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working in 2006, chosen by the Economist as one of the best books of the year. He has since lectured widely on aid, development, and Africa and was a member of the Danish prime minister’s Africa Commission. Calderisi's positions at the World Bank included country director for Central Africa (2000-2002), international spokesman on Africa (1997-2000), head of the regional mission in Western Africa (1991-94), and country division chief for Indonesia and the South Pacific (1987-89). During the 1970s he also served at the OECD, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Canadian Department of Finance. A Quebec Rhodes Scholar, Calderisi studied history at Loyola College in Montreal and economics at Oxford, Sussex, and London. His forthcoming book is Healing the Nations: The Catholic Church and World Development (Yale University Press, September 2013).