for the Europe and Central Asia Region
The World Bank in Washington D.C.
Prior to this she was an Economist and a Research Analyst. Dena was based at Te Puni Kokiro, the Ministry of Maori Development, where she will work on a project titled Managing for Maori Outcomes in New Zealand: Policy-making in a multi-ethnic context.
She looked at how policies in New Zealand are designed to close gaps in human development outcomes for Maori while taking into account their unique culture. She also looked at how New Zealand strikes a balance between policies which are targeted and specifically designed to take into account characteristics of Maori communities (such as language in education), with broad-based policy measures that bring Maori into mainstream social service networks.