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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Campus Faculty Member Tapped as Expert for United Nations' Efforts

Assistant Professor of Economics Evelyn Wamboye.
Campus Faculty Member Tapped as Expert for United Nations' Efforts

DuBOIS – The United Nations has taken notice of the work of Penn State DuBois' own Assistant Professor of Economics Evelyn Wamboye. Officials in the UN's Committee for Development Policy, who work to improve the lives of people living in undeveloped countries, have asked Wamboye to contribute her expertise to their efforts.

Wamboye will serve as an economic expert on the UN's web-based Support Measure Portal for Least Developed Countries, where she'll offer insight on the economic issues these countries face and participate in discussions with other experts from around the world on how these issues can be resolved.

UN administrators happened to find a research paper online that was written by Wamboye and a colleague that addressed topics such as foreign aid to underprivileged countries. They were so impressed with her vision concerning these topics, that those UN officials reached out to Wamboye and asked her to contribute that vision to their mission.

"It is quite a great professional thrill and honor to be asked to contribute my expertise to such a global entity," said Wamboye. "It accentuates my pride of being affiliated with a great institution such as Penn State, and the continued support I have received towards my scholarship of research."

Originally from Kenya, Wamboye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and her master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Wamboye earned her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, specializing in international economics with research interests in international trade, outsourcing, economic development and labor economics.

Wamboye's research focuses on issues related to foreign aid, foreign debt and various aspects of globalization, and their impact on economic growth and development of least developed and developing countries in general.

With the UN's Committee for Development Policy's mission so closely aligned with her own work and interests, Wamboye quipped, "Since the world is indeed flat, I am so glad that my expertise will be shared and have an impact, especially in the developing countries."

To learn more about the United Nation's efforts to aid underdeveloped and least developed countries, visit


Anonymous said...

There's some pretty underdeveloped areas in this country that should be taken care of also. I went to the UN website and it appears that this program is just to provide funds, (read as taxpayer dollars) to underdeveloped countries with no end date or stop time when they could become developed. I understand that we should help those countries when possible but with the economics of this country going down the drain some of these programs should stop. Its bad enough that when I go to work I have to drive by many people in this county who cannot work or refuse to work because of the many programs that make them dependant on the few working taxpayers that are left. This is whatthis program appearsto be.

Anonymous said...

@7:28 First you say that the money should be used by the poor people here than you call the poor people here lazy and dependent on the government

Anonymous said...

@11:42 How DARE you use logic! Not in this country!

Anonymous said...

In my opinion they should stay underdeveloped look what happens to Countries when they get developed. The UN is ROTTEN to the core...The USA should opt out. It's UN forces that are builing up in this Country to take it over...Is it possible this is another way to fund our enemies?It is time WE worry about our own COUNTRY and stop trying to fix the world...

Anonymous said...

>In my opinion they should stay underdeveloped look what happens to Countries when they get developed.

It sounds cruel but I couldn't agree more. Please just leave them alone.

Many of our enemies are from countries we have assisted in the past. We even supported and armed/trained the Taliban back when Russia was at war with Afghanistan and look how that turned out for us. They stabbed us in the back and now we're in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan war is the longest in our countries history.