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Laurel MacLaren

Laurel MacLaren

Deputy Country Representative, Indonesia


Tel: +62 (21) 7278-8424

Fax: +62 (21) 720-3123

Email: laurel.maclaren@asiafoundation.org

Expertise: Indonesia, civil society strengthening, political economy analysis, local governance, child protection, health

Laurel MacLaren is a seasoned development professional with 15 years experience managing programs in Indonesia funded by a range of bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors. As the Deputy Country Representative, Ms. MacLaren provides management and technical support to programs in the areas of local governance, civil society strengthening, justice sector reform, democratic governance, gender, environment and economic reform. She plays a leading role in the program design, strategic planning, operations and evaluation for the Foundation's second-largest country program.

Prior to joining The Asia Foundation in 2008, Ms. MacLaren served as the Deputy Chief of Party for a $36 million USAID-funded maternal and child health program with the Indonesian Ministry of Health, overseeing components on advocacy, community mobilization and public-private partnerships. From 2001 – 2005, Ms. MacLaren served as the Deputy Director of Save the Children's Indonesia office, managing a large portfolio of child protection programming, and playing a key role in their emergency response after the 2004 Aceh tsunami. Prior to that, she spent a year living in Eastern Indonesia advising the design of an Australian Aid health program. Ms. MacLaren started her career working for an Indonesian NGO on HIV/AIDS, between 1990-1996. She first came to Indonesia as an AFS high school exchange student in Jakarta.

Education: Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a BA in Anthropology and Women's Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

PUBLICATIONS:
How Civil Society Organizations Work Politically to Promote Pro-Poor Policies in Decentralized Indonesian Cities

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