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IDB to hold forum on communications as development tool

The Inter-American Development Bank will host a forum panel discussion and luncheon on July 1st to examine the strategic use of communications to advance economic and social development.

William Smith, executive vice president of the Academy for Educational Development, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon during the morning seminar and will speak on “Communications for Change: Facts not Fiction.”

The IDB advisor of the Office of External Relations, Mirna Liévano de Marques, will inagurate the forum at 10:30 a.m.  The event is a part of the IDB Forum on the Americas series.

Registration will start at 10 a.m. and the panel discussion begins at 10:30 am.  Among the panelists will be Silvio Waisbord, senior program officer for the Change Project, Academy for Educational Development; Elizabeth Fox, senior adviser to the Health Communications and Behavior Change Center for Population, Health and Nutrition of the United States Agency for International Development; and Caby Verzosa, head of Knowledge and Capacity-Building of the Development Communications Division, External Affairs Office of the World Bank.

Waisbord will talk on “Fifty years of Development Communications: What Works?”; Fox will address the issue of “Managing Information, Education and Communication for Health and Behavior Change”; and Verzosa will discuss “Integrating Communications in Development Projects”.

Participants need to be registered for both events.  The morning discussion is free of charge. Reservations for the luncheon, which carries a minimal charge, should be made in advance. 

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