The local knowledge and adaptability of civil society organizations are proving valuable during the ongoing pandemic.
Lainie is an expert in bringing new approaches to solving development challenges. Over the course of her career in ADB, she has led ADB's work on civil society engagement, designed and administered projects in the health and education sector in Southeast Asia, and is now implementing ADB's FCAS and SIDS Approach by supporting clients to work effectively in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
With more than 25 years of development experience, she has also lived and worked in the field in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, The Gambia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan.
Lainie was 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 implemented.
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ADB is committed to finance the last stretch of a regional transport corridor that includes a road passing through Myanmar’s restive Kayin State. It would have been easier for ADB to simply avoid a conflict-affected area, but we did not shy away from the challenge.