Making gender equality a reality.

Mark Blackden

Mark Blackden
Former Gender Coordinator, Africa Region
The World Bank

Mark Blackden is currently an independent consultant with clients such as the IFC and World Bank. He recently co-authored "Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform: A Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners". Prior to becoming a consultant, Mark was Regional Gender Coordinator/Lead Specialist for Africa under the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (1996-present) at the World Bank. He has more than 25 years wide-ranging World Bank operational experience in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, focusing on public sector management, project development & supervision, poverty analysis, building donor and other partnerships, gender, participation, and design/delivery of learning activities. Mark has worked extensively on initiatives to integrating gender into Poverty-Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs). He is the Co-Editor of World Bank publication “Gender, Time Use, and Poverty in SSA” and also co-Author of publication: “Gender and Economic Growth in Uganda – Unleashing the Power of Women,” in 2006.

Mark has received his Master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C