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Director, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Practice Kelly Cronen

Kelly Cronen has 15 years of experience managing international development projects covering human trafficking, women’s empowerment, community development, and youth civic engagement in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. She also has experience protecting vulnerable groups, assisting in victim rehabilitation, and working with youth and local communities at the grassroots level and working on civil society development programs. Ms. Cronen is currently the director of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Practice, and also serves as the gender and outreach advisor for projects in Afghanistan and Vietnam. She previously served as chief of party on a Washington D.C.-based anti-trafficking project and as a technical representative on a USAID bilateral anti-trafficking program. Ms. Cronen has previously worked in Albania, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Somalia, Slovakia, Tanzania, and Ukraine.

by Kelly Cronen


Be Bold for Change, in Big and Small Ways

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, “Be Bold for Change,” conjures up images of making big strides for women’s equality. While big actions, such as the recent women’s marches around the world, are a highly visible call for equality, the smaller bold actions are just as important, if not more important, to advance…

Unchaining Modern-Day Slavery: Blockchain Offers a Real Solution

Human traffickers prey on those who do not have access to viable economic opportunities or the means to pursue a better future. Exclusion from social opportunities and protections creates a cloak of invisibility for those who are forced into mining blood diamonds in Democratic Republic of the Congo, toiling in garment sweat shops in Bangladesh,…

Why Investing in Teenage Girls Matters

World Population Day on July 11 reminds us to focus on population trends and discuss the most pertinent issues facing our population today. This year’s theme is “Investing in Teenage Girls,” and it serves to highlight the importance of empowering the largest generation of girls in history. According to the United Nations Population Fund, there…

Know Your SDGs: Reducing Inequality as the Foundation for All Development Work

The other day I saw a homeless man here in Washington, D.C. with a sign that read: “I bet you a dollar that you won’t stop to read this sign.” The message stuck with me because to me it encapsulated what I see as a serious development challenge across the world—our tendency to not address…