Letters from Alfonso: Learning to Listen

Letters from Alfonso: Learning to Listen

by Earl Kessler

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BN ID: 2940148934493
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
File size: 596 KB

About the Author

Earl Kessler has been engaged in the design and development of shelter and urban programs since 1965 when he began his career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia.
After his work there in rural school construction and slum upgrading in Cartagena as part of the Office of Slum Rehabilitation, he earned a master of architecture degree in the Planning for Developing Countries Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As a consultant, Kessler was involved in USAID’s 1977 Guatemala earthquake reconstruction program, and then joined the agency’s Office of Urban Programs, working as its housing adviser in Quito, Ecuador, with a focus on new shelter finance programs, secondary city planning, environmental improvement initiatives, and the role of local building traditions in shelter programs.
He also served as director of the Asia Regional Urban Development Office (RUDO) in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1988-’93 and then as director of the RUDO Office for South Asia from 1993-’98, focusing on municipal finance and urban environmental improvements to benefit the health of low-income families living in informal settlements. During that time, Kessler led the Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion program in India, which successfully supported issuance of the first municipal bonds for water supply and wastewater treatment in Asia, for Ahmendabad, and the water system in Tirupur, India.
After retiring from USAID, he worked with PADCO, a private consulting firm, especially on earthquake disaster recovery efforts in Bhuj, India, and then most recently was deputy executive director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, dealing with disaster risk management and tsunami issues. He is now an independent consultant, working recently as senior presenter at a series of muni-finance workshops in Washington, D.C., Jordan, Thailand, and Guatemala.
Kessler’s other recent accomplishments include work on urban strategies for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and USAID; and with the USAID Shelter Team in Haiti, the Cooperative Housing Foundation, and USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance on the KATYE Neighborhood Recovery Program in Haiti; as well as inclusive urban development work in India with the ADB.
He is married, has two daughters, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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