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Will the poor always be with us? | Jim Yong Kim | TEDxWBG

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Published on Oct 20, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Jim talks about his vision of transformation for development, drawing on his personal experience as an activist and an AIDs researcher. He shares why ending poverty is possible in our lifetimes and concludes that the poor will not always be with us.

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty
by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim’s career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank, he served as Presi- dent of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003–2005, as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ev- er global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. Trained as
a physician and an anthropologist, he has received several awards, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and rec- ognitions such as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

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