Government clients and task teams have expressed growing interest in enhancing livelihood opportunities for the poor, particularly women in lagging areas, through community-driven development (CDD) and local economic development (LED) approaches. Access to economic opportunities is strongly influenced by location and other spatial characteristics. This event will focus on a promising approach by GeoAdaptive for spatial planning for LED used in Southwestern Bangladesh and other areas to promote local value chains and link poor people, particularly women, to economic opportunities. GeoAdaptive, a spin-off of a research group from Harvard and MIT, is a global interdisciplinary territorial intelligence research consultancy specialized in the analysis of territorial strategies to deliver inclusive forms of development.
Chair and Discussant:
Susan Wong, Global Lead, Community-Driven Development, Global Solutions Group
Juan Carlos, CEO, GeoAdaptive
Dr. Juan Carlos Vargas is a regional and economic development consultant with 20 years of experience in regional planning, public policy, technology and climate change. Dr. Vargas was trained at the Graduate School of Design, The Kennedy School of Government and the Center for International Development at Harvard University.
Sulhee Yoon, Sr. Data Analyst/Scientist, GeoAdaptive
Dr. Sulhee Yoon is a geospatial analyst, with a background in urban and regional development planning and public health. She has applied location-based and statistical methods to identify areas with disparities from socioeconomic status of populations (e.g. gender, income, race) and access to infrastructures and services.