Peter Kyle joins the RFFA Board

Peter Kyle in Montreal
Peter Kyle in Montreal

Above Peter Kyle receives The Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award at the third plenary session in Montreal on 22 June from RI President John Kenny and Foundation Trustee Chair Glenn E. Estess Sr.

The Rotary Foundation Trustees are very pleased to announce the selection of Rotarian Peter Kyle as the recipient of the 2009-10 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. Peter is an international attorney in Washington, DC. He recently retired as lead counsel for the World Bank and is currently still consulting for the bank. He worked on more than 100 international development projects in a wide variety of countries during his career with the bank, advising them on their legal infrastructure to foster a stronger economy. As the district alumni subcommittee chair for District 7620, he made exceptional efforts in connecting Foundation alumni in the area. He also served at the RI representative to the World Bank and has been very active with Outward Bound.

Peter Kyle is originally from New Zealand and below he states why he joined RFFA:

“RFFA is a highly successful Rotarian Action Group and I was delighted to have been invited to serve on their Board. It will give me an opportunity to contribute towards helping the children affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDS while working alongside an extremely competent, committed and collegial group of Rotarians.”

Peter Kyle, spoke recently to the Bethesda Chase Rotary Club about the World Bank and its role in health, water and education. “WB now has 184 member companies and its primary goal is to reduce poverty by promoting sustainable economic development. The goal is to cut poverty in half by 2015. In Africa poverty is rising, getting worse with the energy crisis affecting food supplies. At thirty percent of its budget, a major effort is financing infrastructure projects; roads, bridges, telecommunications. 7% of its budget is involved in health efforts. HIV/AIDS is top priority, as well as fighting malaria, avian flu and developing vaccines. 8% of the WB budget goes to education, where they are especially active in literacy and education of women. About 9% goes towards financing water, sanitation & flood prevention projects. WB always finances programs through governments, but they need more hands-on effort, to see that programs reach those who really need the help. Rotary can be a great partner in this with Rotary clubs and their local-level resources.”

Peter is a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.)