JERRY MARK SILVERMAN is a political scientist whose career has focused primarily on reducing poverty, reforming central, regional, and local governments through decentralization, and advocating participatory approaches to project, program, and policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation in more than forty so-called “underdeveloped,” “developing,” “third world,” or “fourth world” countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East (see Non-OECD Country Experience below). He received a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1963 and a Ph.D. in International Relations-Government from the Claremont Graduate University in California in 1967. Dr. Silverman has taught political science at various universities either full or part-time; including The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario).
Most of Dr. Silverman’s career, however, has been spent in the field practicing the art of “international development;” beginning with his service as a USAID Foreign Service Officer in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam (1967-1968), through assignments as Senior Development Specialist and Technical Assistance Team Leader in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt with Development Alternatives Inc (DAI; 1977/82); Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Southeast Asia Regional Office (1973/75); Institute of Public Administration (IPA) Advisor at the National Institute of Public Administration of what was then the Government of South Viet Nam in what is now Ho Chi Minh City (1972); and ultimately as a World Bank Principal Institutional Development Specialist and Regional Unit Manager – positions from which he retired on December 31, 1999. Since then, he has served occasionally as an independent consultant to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, and USAID.
Dr. Silverman is the Author of The Missing Link: Creating Mutual Dependencies Between the Poor and the State in International Public Management Journal and The Folly of Nation Building in The National Interest as well as Public Sector Decentralization: Economic Policy and Sector Investment Programs, Action-Planning Workshops for Development Management: Guidelines (with Merlyn Kettering and Terry Schmidt), and Technical Assistance and Aid Agency Staff: Alternative Techniques for Greater Effectiveness in addition to 40 other journal articles and chapters of books plus numerous presentations at professional conferences and guest lectures at universities and other professional or community groups (see List of Publications tab on this Blog site). In June of 2004, Dr. Silverman finally settled down in Savannah, Georgia with his wife Andrea Jones Silverman (also a retired World Bank Institutional Development Specialist) and youngest daughter Milena.
NON-OECD COUNTRY EXPERIENCE (reverse chronological order) — Residential Long-Term: Peru (2002/04), Bolivia (2000/01), Indonesia (1995/99, 1978/80), Egypt (1981), Ethiopia (1977/78), Thailand (1975/76), and Viet Nam (1972/75, 1967/68). I also taught political science at McMaster University in Canada (1969-1971) and lived briefly in Finland (1977). Recurrent Short-Term: Cambodia (2007, 1999/95, 1975/73); Philippines (2005, 1999/95, 1981/80, 1975/73); Indonesia (2005, 1983, 1976/75); Iraq (2004/03); Tanzania (2003/02,1995/83); Zimbabwe (2003/02,1993/90); Brazil (2003/02); Honduras (2002/00); Bangladesh (2000); Lao PDR (1999/95, 1975/73); China, Mongolia, and Viet Nam (1999/95); Kenya (1995/85, 1979); Ghana (1995/87); Ethiopia (1995/89); South Africa (1995/91); Thailand (1996); Swaziland (1994); Uganda (1993/85); Zambia and Lesotho (1992/85); Nepal (1991); Ecuador (1990); Cote d’Ivoire (1989/87); Mauritius, Senegal, and Seychelles (1989/87); Guatemala (1989); Sudan (1987/85); Malawi and Mexico (1987/86); Botswana and Somalia (1986/84); Sierra Leone (1985/83); India (1984); Papua New Guinea (1980); Egypt (1976/75); and Malaysia and Singapore (1976/75).