Joshua Wolcott: International Efforts in Burma Bring Hope to an Impoverished Nation

Joshua Wolcott of Denver, Colorado has diverse management experience across several industries, including oil and gas, finance, and international development. As a prior program manager for World Vision years ago, Joshua Neale Wolcott designed and implemented a community banking and small enterprise loan program in Yangon, Burma. Today, he is looking to utilize that development experience through his volunteer efforts with several non-profit organizations and charitable trusts.

Burma (also known as Myanmar) is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, with a population of over 60 million. A military government controls the country and holds a majority stakeholder position in all of the nation’s large industrial corporations. That fact—combined with an unskilled workforce and poor infrastructure—has rendered Burma one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia.

However, international relief agency, World Vision maintains a strong commitment to improving the lives of people in Burma. Thanks to contributions of World Vision sponsors, over 9,000 boys and girls have received necessary materials such as school supplies, uniforms, and clothing. In addition, World Vision has supported families, provided skills training, and assisted with microenterprise development in Burma. The country is also rich in natural resources, although mismanagement and decades of economic control have curtailed Burma’s economic growth. The World Bank has recognized potential developments in Burma and has initiated reform strategies. These efforts, combined with humanitarian outreach of organizations such as World Vision, signal new hope for Burma’s future.