Katherine Bain

Senior Governance Specialist
World Bank Group
Overview 

Katherine Bain joined the Civil Society and Social Development team of the World Bank in 1996 where she supported the new President, James Wolfensohn in designing policies and processes for better incorporating civil society stakeholders in the World Bank’s day to day work. In 1997 she became the Team Leader and Senior Social Scientist in the Latin American and Caribbean Region and led pioneering work across the region to mainstream inclusive governance across the region’s products.  In 2007 she moved to the Africa Region and was appointed Country Program Manager in the Ghana Country Office and was based in the field until 2010. Since returning to headquarters, Ms. Bain has led regional work on the demand for good governance, political economy and now leads the Programmatic Approach to Governance in Nigeria. The Programmatic Approach is a country level reform process aimed at improving the World Bank’s effectiveness in Nigeria through better attention to tailoring best practices to context, including through political economy work throughout the project cycle, adapting and learning during project implementation and learning by doing through Bank operations. It is being carried out in partnership with Harvard University and the Overseas Development Institute. 

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