Professor Finkel completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Virginia, specializing in Comparative Social Policy and Japanese Politics. Prior to joining GSPIA, she worked as a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Region. Her areas of expertise are Community-Driven Development, especially related to youth and women’s issues; Social and Environmental Impact Assessment; Country Social Analysis; Participatory Program Development; and Gender and Development.

Recent Publications

  • What Makes a Camp Safe: the Protection of Children from Abduction in Internally Displaced Persons and Refugee Camps, Co-authored with Simon Reich, Ford institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • “Voices of the Youth: Background Papers and Country Case Studies from Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Yemen” for the WDR 2007: Development and the Next Generation, the World Bank, 2006.
  • “Community Driven Development: Problems of Operationalization in the Middle East and North Africa Region”, Co-authored with Knut Opsal, for the Trust fund For Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Semi-annual Report, The World Bank, 2005.
  • Securing a Future for All, Middle East-North Africa Regional Social Development Strategy, Co-authored with MNA Social Development Team, The World Bank, 2005.
  • “Evaluating the Potential for Scaling Up CDD in the Kyrgyz Republic”, co-authored with Ayse Kudat, in Scaling Up-Community Driven Development: A Synthesis of Experience, IFPRI, 2004.

Substantive Areas

  • Decentralization, Subnational Governance, and Civil Society


  • Central/South Asia and Middle East
  • Africa (Including North Africa)

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