John Clark

John Clark

Research Associate

John Clark has worked with development NGOs, the World Bank and United Nations, and has advised governments on development and civil society issues. His career has focused on poverty reduction, participation, civil society, globalization, social accountability and debt.

John Clark has worked with development NGOs, the World Bank and United Nations, and has advised governments on development and civil society issues. His career has focused on poverty reduction, participation, civil society, globalization, social accountability and debt.

He is currently Chair of the international anti-corruption NGO, Partnership for Transparency Fund, and has had a long involvement with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. He is a principal of the Policy Practice. From 1992 to 2008 he mostly worked at the World Bank, initially leading its civil society program and then as Lead Social Development Specialist for East Asia.

During a four year absence from the Bank he worked in the United Nations Secretary-General’s office (as project director for the high-level panel on UN-civil society relations), was Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and served on a task force advising the British Prime Minister about Africa. Prior to working at the World Bank he worked in international development NGOs, primarily Oxfam GB where he was head of Campaigns and led its policy and advocacy functions.

He has written two books about civil society – “Democratizing Development” (1991) and “Worlds Apart: Civil Society and the Battle for Ethical Globalization” (2003) as well as a number of monographs, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on development issues.