Raymond Kirwa is a Social Development Specialist with the Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SSI) Global Practice of the World Bank. He has 10 years’ experience in international development focusing on social risk management, social inclusion and monitoring and evaluation in the East and Horn of Africa region. Raymond supports initiatives to ensure project investments and interventions by the World Bank do not cause or exacerbate harm to the project affected persons and particularly poor, vulnerable and minority populations, that they are meaningfully involved, and are beneficiaries of development outcomes. In addition, he leads project interventions focused on social-economic resilience from Covid-19 impacts for the urban poor under the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP). KISIP leverages on high frequency spatial and socio-economic data to develop tailored micro-interventions that focus on inclusion, resilience and empowerment of the urban poor and vulnerable. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2015, Raymond spent about 5 years working with various international development agencies in establishing innovative ways to measure and report on the effectiveness of social spending.
Raymond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Kenyatta University and a Master’s degree in International Development from University of Birmingham, UK.