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Dan Owen

Sr. Social Development Specialist
Dan Owen is a Sr. Social Development Specialist working in the Africa Social Development team at the World Bank. He is the Program Leader for the Global Program for Reintegration Support and the lead for the World Bank’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration community of practice. He was previously the program leader for the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program trust fund, supporting post-conflict stabilization, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration efforts in the Africa region. He has served as team leader for sustainable livelihoods projects for refugees and host communities in Mauritania and reintegration and community support in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He is also the focal point for Labor issues in the Global Practice for Social, Rural, Urban and Resilience, preparing guidance and training for the new raft of social safeguards on labor and working conditions. Previously, he worked for six years in the Europe and Central Asia Social Development team, leading Community-Driven Development CDD program design and investment operations in the fields of social inclusion, rural infrastructure and mining in Azerbaijan, Poland, Romania, Croatia and Serbia. He has also served as coordinator of the Bank's anchor unit for Community-Driven Development, as a Social Development Specialist at the International Finance Corporation and as a participation and poverty specialist based in the Mozambique country office.

His academic background is in Anthropology and he has attended the universities of Cambridge, Harvard and the London School of Economics.
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