Amanda Devercelli

Global Lead for Early Childhood Development, World Bank

Amanda Devercelli is the World Bank’s Global Lead for Early Childhood Development (ECD), where she works across the institution to expand and improve investments in ECD, ensure delivery of high-quality operational and analytical work and build capacity of Bank staff and clients. Amanda launched the World Bank’s Early Learning Partnership (ELP) in 2012, a $60 million fund that has generated more than $2 billion in funding to scale -up high-quality ECD services worldwide. Amanda has led operational and analytical work across different regions and published on a range of topics including childcare, measuring early childhood outcomes and systems approaches to scale ECD. Prior to joining the World Bank, Amanda worked with community-based schools in Kenya and Peru and with several international civil society organizations in the field of international development. She has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was awarded the Reynolds Fellowship in Social Enterprise from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


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