Kristin Little is an evaluator with roots in urban planning and international development. In her 14+ years with the World Bank, she designed, conducted, and contributed to field-based, mixed-methods evaluations of World Bank loans covering over US$200 billion in investments in areas such as infrastructure, disasters, vulnerability to climate change, water, cultural heritage, and social development. The evaluations helped shape new policies and improve resource allocation, with the aim of better addressing the problems that countries and project beneficiaries wanted to solve. Kristin has authored over thirty evaluations and papers. Her most recent work for the World Bank focused on fostering innovation in the development context, and recommending ways the World Bank Group could be better equipped to mobilize disruptive and transformative technologies for development. Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from UC Berkeley, and two master’s degrees from MIT—MCP (Urban Planning) and MArch (Architecture).
Palo Alto, CA, April 3, 2020 — People-Centered Internet, a California-based 501(c)3 organization with a mission to “put humanity at the center of the Internet,” announced the appointment of Kristin Little as Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy Fellow for a new “Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy” initiative. PCI’s Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy (“DCD”) initiative builds on the
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