COVID, Climate Change, Conflict, and Global Poverty An Interview with Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Scientist at the World Bank

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Roland Hoksbergen
Michael Woolcock


Michael Woolcock, along with his World Bank colleague, Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, co-directed the recent World Bank report entitled Reversals of Fortune: Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2020. In this interview with Dr. Woolcock, in addition to reflecting on how his faith inspires him and his work at the World Bank, he also shares the main approaches and findings of the report.  In this wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Woolcock discusses methodology, data-gathering, the impacts of the three Cs (COVID, Climate, and Conflict) on poverty and shared prosperity, and his reasons for hope in a better world for everyone.

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Hoksbergen, R., & Woolcock, M. (2021). COVID, Climate Change, Conflict, and Global Poverty. Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network, 2(2), 37-48. Retrieved from