Meet José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, the newest Campaign Council co-chair

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International Labour Organization (ILO) Assistant Director General for Policy, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, joins the Microcredit Summit Campaign leadership to help guide the Campaign’s mission to promote the kind of microfinance that helps poor families lift themselves out of severe poverty

International Labour Organization (ILO) Assistant Director General for Policy, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, joins the Microcredit Summit Campaign leadership to help guide the Campaign’s mission to promote the kind of microfinance that helps poor families lift themselves out of severe poverty.

José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs is dedicated to helping secure the economic futures of the world’s youth. As the Assistant Director General of Policy at the International Labor Organization (a United Nations Agency), Mr. Salazar-Xirinachs promotes the development of labor market indicators and skills training programs for youth. (Read this recent article on the Huffington Post he co-authored with Reeta Roy.)

We are excited to welcome Mr. Salazar-Xirinachs and his expertise in youth and labor to the Council of Funders & Investors and to the Campaign Executive Committee.

[Youth Employment] is a shared responsibility, it is everybody’s business to do this. As the ILO Call for Action states: “Nothing short of strong collective action and partnership at the national, regional, and global levels will succeed in changing the dire situation of young people in labour markets for the better.” 

- World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center,

Public Seminar, 2012.

The ILO champions the values of ethical organizations to promote social justice, employment, and broader social and economic advancement. “Organizations that work to strengthen individuals, their families, and communities,” said Mr. Salazar-Xirinachs, “like the best socially oriented microfinance institutions do—this is what the ILO wants to promote. I am delighted to serve as co-chair of the Council of Funders & Investors for the Microcredit Summit Campaign.”

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Mr. Salazar-Xirinachs discusses youth unemployment on CNN World Business Today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCNoznW27tA

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