Sarah Michael is the Program Leader for Sustainable Development within the World Bank’s South Caucasus department. She has over 17 years of experience in this field. Most recently she worked as a Senior Social Development Specialist in the Europe and Central Asia region within the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank. She has led innovative work on social inclusion and on conflict and fragility, including leading the World Bank team working on the Ukraine Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment in 2014/5.
Sarah has also worked in Asia and Africa, where she managed a wide range of operations on community-driven development, social inclusion and inclusive social service delivery, livelihoods, health and youth development. Before joining the World Bank, Sarah worked on the International Commission on Human Security and on a variety of development and security initiatives at the Global Equity Initiative, a research and policy institute at Harvard University. Her first book, Undermining Development: The Absence of Power among Local NGOs in Africa was published in 2004.
Sarah holds MPhil and PhD degrees from Cambridge University and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens University in Canada.