Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey retired in January 2020 from the World Bank, where she served as the Global Lead for Stability, Peace and Security, responsible for thought leadership and operation innovation to support communities grappling with the challenges of state and social fragility, conflict, or interpersonal and organized violence. She focuses now on unlocking solutions to complex challenges through positive impact using adaptive leadership approaches in finding common ground to combat the global scourge of violence. Laura’s career spans more than three decades across a diverse range of countries in all regions of the world, including in-country leadership positions in fragile and conflict situations.
Love, Inequity, and Development Policy in a COVID-era?

Love, Inequity, and Development Policy in a COVID-era?

This piece is a call for intimacy and to centre all of our work in a “politics of trust, empathy, love and care.” We know those emotions to be real, human, and to matter. Accepting that charges us with this: reconceiving how we address inequity and inequality (which remain the core mission of the problematic global institutions that we both still….love) through trust, and care, and love. How can we weave these ideas into everything that international institutions do? How do we get all the staff, workers, and seemingly inanimate ‘programmes’ to let our messy, warm humanity be the focus of our work, rather than the technocratically convenient, and theoretically bloodless numerical success of ‘ending poverty’?

#BuildaBridgetoBetter: Recommendations to Drive Pandemic Responses

#BuildaBridgetoBetter: Recommendations to Drive Pandemic Responses

Disasters have a way of focusing the mind, focusing our energies, and harnessing attention. The unfolding disaster that is the coronavirus pandemic is no different: the world is united in our focus on this singular enemy. What is different is that this pandemic is not a one-off event; this is not a storm that we will easily ‘ride out’. There is no clear blue sky on the horizon.

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