Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Hope Reformed Church
2010 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids
Wednesday, September 19, 7:00pm
Hope College’s Maas Auditorium
264 Columbia Avenue, Holland
The Rev. David Beckmann is one of the foremost U.S. advocates for the hungry and poor.
Under his leadership, Bread members’ persistent, bipartisan advocacy has helped push the U.S. government to triple funding for programs aiding developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Bread has also worked to double funding for U.S. nutrition programs, assisting millions of families in the United States who struggle to feed their children.
Prior to joining Bread, Beckmann worked at the World Bank for 15 years, overseeing large development projects and driving innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty. He holds degrees from Yale, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. His latest book is Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger (2010). Learn more on Bread's national site.
“People like me who want more money to help reduce poverty in the world ought to be also doing our part to insist that the systems work well. I think we need a stronger development agency, some voice in the U.S. government, a strong voice that can speak up for poverty reduction, global development, and carry that out in an effective way.”