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Mary McNeil

Team Lead, Governance Global Practice

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<p>Mary McNeil is a former Team Lead in the Governance Global Practice at the World Bank.&nbsp; In that capacity she provided strategic advice on the mainstreaming of citizen engagement and open and accountable governance throughout the Bank’s portfolio.&nbsp; She was the Task Team Lead for development of the <a title="Link: http://www.thegpsa.org/sa/" href="http://www.thegpsa.org/sa/">Global Partnership for Social Accountability</a> and the <a title="Link: http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/content/affiliated-networks-social-accountability-ansa" href="http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/content/affiliated-networks-social-accountability-ansa">Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability</a> and has been involved in citizen participation, community-driven development, and social accountability throughout her 20-year career at Bank. </p> <p><a></a>She is the author of, <a href="https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/2478/555460PUB0Dema1EPI1978968101PUBLIC1.pdf?sequence=1"><i>Demanding Good Governance: Lessons for Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa</i></a><i> </i>and founding editor of the Bank's <a href="http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/devoutreach/"><i>Development Outreach</i></a><i>. </i>&nbsp;Past positions include managing global programs on community empowerment and social inclusion and civil society capacity building (World Bank Institute), and operationally in the water and sanitation and urban sectors. &nbsp;She has worked in all regions, including managing country-based programs in Ghana, Bosnia, the Philippines and Tajikistan.</p> <p>Before joining the Bank she was a journalist at <a href="http://www.cq.com">Congressional Quarterly</a>, the <a href="http://www.si.edu/">Smithsonian Institution</a> and the <a href="http://www.nasonline.org/">National Academy of Sciences</a>. &nbsp;She holds a MA in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where she was the Joel Leff Fellow in Political Economy, and a BA with honors from Wake Forest University.<br></p>

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