Elaine Thomas

Senior Social Development Specialist (Civil Society and Participation), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Lainie supports civil society participation from ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center. Leading ADB’s work on civil society engagement, Lainie produces publications about civil society; trains staff, CSOs and government officials about working with civil society in ADB-financed projects; and supports projects that include civil society engagement. Prior to joining ADB, she was country director for GOAL in Kenya. With more than 20 years of development experience, she has also worked in the field in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, The Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan.

Lainie is an ADB project officer for the Graduation Project in Negros Occidental that the Department of Labor and Employment of the Government of the Philippines and BRAC are implementing.


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