Patti Petesch is an international development consultant with expertise in program management, policy design, and research in the fields of poverty, participatory
development, conflict, and gender. Her research explores the mutually reinforcing roles of local democracy and good governance, inclusive markets, social cohesion, and women’s empowerment in forging more secure and prosperous communities and nations. She served as study coordinator for the World Bank’s Voices of the Poor and Moving Out of Poverty global research programs, most recently co-authoring Moving Out of Poverty: Rising from the Ashes of Conflict. She is currently working with the World Bank on a 19-country qualitative assessment for World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development.