Sally Baden

Team Leader

Sally Baden is an agricultural economist, specialized in gender and development and women’s rights, with a 25 year career in academia, the NGO and private sectors. She has broad interests in equity in economic policy and practice and her specific interests and expertise include rural livelihoods and agricultural markets and the role of collective action in in promoting women’s empowerment. She has recently worked on two major evaluations of agriculture-related programs: an Assessment of CARE USA’s Pathways to Food Security global program (for BMGF); and an evaluation of the Future Agriculture Consortium, commissioned by DFID.
Sally joined Social Development Direct in January 2015 as Lead Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Prior to joining SDDirect, Sally spent 12 years with Oxfam as a regional and global adviser on agricultural livelihoods. From 2010-13, Sally led a research, learning and communications project on Women’s Collective Action in Agricultural Markets in sub-Saharan Africa – funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sally has also worked as an Independent Consultant for a range of high profile clients including DFID and UN Women – for whom she was substantive editor for the 2015 Progress of the World’s Women Report “Transforming Economies, Realising Rights”. During 1992-1998, she was a Research Officer and Manager of the Briefings on Development and Gender (BRIDGE) project at the Institute of Development Studies, in the UK, where she also co-directed the Masters Programme in Gender and Development from 1998-2000.