Mark Blackden

Gender and Development Consultant

Mark Blackden has been working on gender issues in development for nearly 20 years, primarily in the World Bank's Africa Region. He led the Africa Region's gender and development program for more than 10 years.  During this time, he helped to make the business case for attention to gender issues in the Africa Region's operational work.  Given the importance of agriculture in Africa, much of this work has focused on improving the understanding of women's role in agricultural development, and addressing the many obstacles to improving productivity. Mr. Blackden contributes a wide range of operational experience in addressing gender issues in development to the WOCAN Board.  In the last three years, he has gained substantial perspective through work on gender issues with various organizations including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), The Gates Foundation, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Mark graduated with his Masters Degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.