WEvolve Global Inc. continues to focus on gender and inclusion using creative approaches for behavioral and social change. We have also begun to work on climate issues, given the existential threats associated with global warming.
Maria Correia has worked in international development for 30 years, having advised on gender and other social issues in some 40 countries across four continents. From 1993-2016, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she held various leadership positions and specialized on gender, social development and conflict. The World Bank publication “The Other Half of Gender: Men’s Issues in Development” co-edited by Maria, was one of the first in mainstream publications to bring attention to the less visible male gender issues. From 2005-2009, Maria managed the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program in the greater Great Lakes region of Central Africa. The largest program of its kind in the world, it reached an estimated 300,000 ex-combatants in Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
More recently, Maria’s interests have shifted to the use of media and entertainment for societal and behavioral change. She developed and led the World Bank’s WEvolve Global initiative, which was launched in 2015 as a storytelling platform aimed at identifying, piloting and evaluating approaches that challenge gender-related beliefs, stereotypes, and norms. In 2017, Maria founded WEvolve Global Inc. with a view to continuing WEvolve’s work and curating a space for creative thinking and action on global issues such as gender and climate change. She is based in British Columbia, Canada.
He left CIDA in 1991 to work independently on development management, and from 1994-2016, he was based out of Washington DC. His work during this period focused on capacity building and systems thinking. His clients included the World Bank, UN agencies, the Canadian and Australian governments, and non-governmental organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Aga Khan Foundation and the European Center for Development Policy Management. Over his career, Peter has worked in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Peter now lives in Kelowna, Canada and hopes to make a contribution to the issues of climate change and social improvement at the local level.