Laura B. Rawlings is a Lead Economist with the World Bank’s Human Capital Project, a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth. In her career, Laura has led numerous project and research initiatives in the areas of cash transfers, public works, social funds, early childhood development, behavioral incentives and social protection systems. She was the team leader for the Africa Human Capital Project, the World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor Strategy 2012-2022, Manager of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) and Sector Leader for Human Development in Central America. She has published numerous books and articles in the fields of evaluation and human development. Laura is a member of the Global Reference Group for Children Affected by COVID-19 and an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Global Human Development program.