Obama gets special souvenir from ADB in Manila


Posted at Apr 29 2014 03:35 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2014 11:35 PM

US President Barack Obama speaks at a joint news conference with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, April 28, 2014. Photo by Larry Downing, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines - US President Barack Obama got a special souvenir from the Asian Development Bank, during his state visit to the Philippines.

US Executive Director to the ADB Ambassador Robert M. Orr gave Obama a book containing his mother's writings for the ADB, during a meeting on Monday.

Dr. Ann Dunham had worked as a consultant for ADB on two projects —the Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan’s Gujranwalla Agricultural Development Program in 1987-1988 and a technical assistance for the Institutional Strengthening of the State Ministry for the Role of Women in Indonesia in 1994, financed by the Japan Special Fund.

"The Collected Works of Dr. Ann Dunham for the Asian Development Bank" was taken from the archives correspondence, signed documents, reports, and presentations related to the two projects.

"Dr. Dunham devoted much of her working life to helping the people of Asia, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand... She was a pioneer in the field of micro-credit—work that is still considered key to reducing poverty in many areas. We are happy today to be able to commemorate her association with ADB," Orr said.

Dunham was born in 1942 in Kansas and educated at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii, where she met President Obama’s father, and the University of Washington,

She also worked for the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and Women’s World Banking, establishing micro-credit loans for the poor.

Unfortunately, she was unable to finish her work in Indonesia for ADB, since she fell ill around this time with the cancer that she was to succumb to in 1995.