Take a rollercoaster journey through the developing world, from the Civil War in Beirut to the Velvet Revolution in Eastern Europe, and more recently, to the chaos and confusion rising out of the Arab Spring.

Whether it’s rebuilding trust in the financial system, investing in economic development and infrastructure, funding basic services like water and sanitation, trying to harness the massive influx of people migrating into urban areas, or grappling with gut-wrenching poverty, this course will examine the policies, procedures, major actors, and difficult challenges facing much of the globe. Infused throughout the course will be personal vignettes — some humorous and some not so humorous — of more than 45 years of one man’s trek and his quest to make a difference to remedy these challenges.
What to expect: In this program, you will get a rare glimpse of the developing world through the eyes of a person who has been there, with sleeves rolled up, trying to make a difference.

HYBRID course at the Easton Family YMCA (choose to participate in person, through Zoom, or recording) | 2 Sessions | Tuesdays | March 7, 14 | 1 – 2:30 pm | $25

Feedback from past courses Bruce has led:

“One of the MOST important and thought-provoking classes Chesapeake Forum has offered since its establishment.  Well, done Bruce!”


“This presenter & presentation was excellent. Please schedule again!”


Bruce Purdy

Bruce Purdy is an international development consultant with more than 45 years of experience planning and financing rural and urban infrastructure projects in more than 25 emerging and developing economies. Bruce’s experience includes planning and implementing donor-funded programs within the water and sanitation, education and transportation sectors, and working directly with national, regional and municipal officials and civil society institutions to create the conditions for reform and to implement policies to improve service provision to local citizens. Purdy holds a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. from the University of Maryland, and undertook extensive coursework in strategic and organizational planning at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Mr. Purdy is developing the Global Urban Leadership Program in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

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