Rachel Aron

Rachel A. Aron is a Principal Social Development Specialist at the African Development Bank Group. Her work centers on social due diligence for the Bank’s operations as well as on support for gender mainstreaming efforts within the Bank and its Regional Member Countries. Rachel is responsible for mainstreaming social development concerns primarily in private sector operations and also in public sector operations. These operations cover diverse sectors, such as transport, energy, agriculture, mining, financial intermediation, etc. She is responsible for undertaking social assessments and analyses of projects/ programs and ensuring compliance with the Bank’s environmental and social safeguards. She is also responsible for integrating gender considerations into projects/ programs. She is actively engaged in innovative work related to environmental, social, and/or gender matters for the Climate Investment Funds, the Global Environment Facility, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, and the Africa Climate Change Fund on behalf of the Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, Rachel worked for Africare, the League of Kenya Women Voters, the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and other organizations. Through her varied professional experiences, Rachel has continually addressed and integrated social development aspects in programming and policy interventions related to poverty reduction, community development, gender, participation, involuntary resettlement, and marginalization. She has a MA in International Development from American University (Washington, DC, United States) with specializations in community development and gender