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World Learning for International Development (WLID) previously operated as the Delphi International Group. [1]

On its website WLID states that in the last 70 years it has "managed more than $650 million in programs funded by United States government agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State; multilateral organizations, including United Nations agencies and the World Bank; private foundations and corporations; and foreign aid agencies of other governments." [2]

"WLID's activities reach people and communities in more than 130 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. with overseas offices in more than 20 countries, the WLID team includes over 450 professionals worldwide." [3]

Since November 2002, Pamela Lane Baldwin has been Senior Vice President for World Learning for International Development. Prior to this she held various US government positions and has 22 years experience working for USAID.

"Washington, D.C., June 30, 2001 - James A. Cramer, CEO, World Learning, announced today the acquisition by World Learning of Delphi International, a non-profit international exchange organization based in Washington, D.C. The key aspect of the transaction is World Learning's acquisition of Delphi's highly regarded International Visitor Program (IVP) core grant with the U.S. State Department. As a State Department core program agency World Learning will administer the IV Program, funded under the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. Delphi will henceforth be known as Delphi International Program of World Learning.
"Each year, the U.S. government brings about 4,500 visitors to the U.S. for observational study tours of three to four weeks in duration. Delphi is currently ranked the country's second largest national visitor program agency and is responsible for designing and administering programs of more than 600 international visitors annually. These distinguished professionals include parliamentarians, government and business officials, journalists, academics and other high-level professionals. Since the inception of this sixty-year old program approximately 140,000 people have come to the United States, about 180 of whom subsequently became heads of state of their countries.


"In the transition from an independent non-profit organization to a World Learning program, Delphi's senior management and staff will report to Robert Chase, Vice President of World Learning's Washington, D.C.-based World Learning for International Development division. The World Learning division was established in 1977 to conduct programs in education and training, democracy and governance, and the building of civil society. It has done this work with funding from agencies including USAID, the U.S. Peace Corps, the World Bank and the European Union, and private donors, as well as the U.S. State Department." [4]

Member of InterAction.

On January 18, 2005 Susan B. Plimpton, chair of the Board of Trustees of World Learning... announced... that Carol Bellamy has been named President and CEO of World Learning and President of its School for International Training. Bellamy succeeds James A. Cramer, who stepped down in December after six years in the position." [5]

Delphi International Program

Since 1991, Dr. Peter Simpson has directed the Delphi International Program, a 24-person unit of World Learning for International Development that specializes in U.S.-based professional and student exchange programs. However, Peter Simpson has been employed with Delphi since 1986. He has also served as grants manager for multi-year development projects in Poland and the Balkans, funded by USAID and as Delphi's project manager of the State Department's EFL Fellow Program in Eastern/Central Europe, Russia, and the NIS. [6]


Delphi International Group was the biggest recipient of NED Funds for its work in Nicaragua.

Henry Quintero worked at Delphi International Group where he administered the La Prensa grants received from NED (he was also hired by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in 1989 to assist in their election work in Nicaragua). (1,2) La Prensa is the spearhead of the anti-Sandinista media in Nicaragua. (3) Delphi also received grants from NED for Nicaraguan broadcast media, training and "civic education" and other projects to build opposition to the Sandinistas. (2)

Promoting independent media

In 2003, Dr. Ann Hudock produced the the report "Hearing the Voices of the Poor: Encouraging Good Governance and Poverty Reduction through Media Sector Support."


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Delphi International Group
1015 18th Street, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington DC, 20036
Phone: 202-898-0950
Email: ps at

External links

  • Holly Sklar, "Washington Wants To Buy Nicaragua's Elections Again," Zeta Magazine, Dec 1989.
  • Letter from Marc F. Plattner of NED, April 23, 1986.
  • John Spicer Nichols, "La Prensa: the CIA Connection," Columbia Journalism Review, July/Aug 1988.