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Andrea Woodhouse

Senior Social Development Specialist
Andrea Woodhouse is a senior social development specialist with the World Bank’s Myanmar office, where she leads research on livelihoods, village governance, migration, and social relations. Her work has included analysis of extreme poverty and marginalization in the wider East Asia Pacific region.
She has worked on countries in transition for about 15 years, specializing in conflict and fragility, crisis recovery, social analysis, and community-driven development. She began her career in Indonesia during its transition, where she worked on corruption and community development, founded the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor program, and advised the Indonesian government on post-tsunami recovery in Aceh.  She later went on to work on community-driven development and conflict programs in Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, and to represent the World Bank through ASEAN in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. She has held various roles within the World Bank, the United Nations, and in the social entrepreneurship space, including as an advisor to the UN Secretary General’s office on reform of the global peacebuilding architecture, and as co-founder of the online social movement Avaaz.
She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College, Oxford University, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was born in Myanmar, and grew up in various countries, including Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Indonesia, and the United States. She likes writing, cooking, and spends her spare time trying to manage the chaos—and experiencing the joy—of having young children.