Alina Lipcan is a Consultant with OPM’s Social Policy Programme. She coordinates the programme’s work on the role of the private sector in social policy. Alina manages the Liberia Early Childhood Education Research Team as part of the WB/DFID Early Learning Partnership Systems Reseach Programme. She leads aspects of the instrument design (particularly related to school management and overage enrolment) and the quantitative analysis. Alina has managed a project analyzing the supply and demand for informal water provision in Nigeria (WB) and leads the design of a research into prices and sources of funding for private sector health providers in the three zones of Somalia. She has worked as a quantitative expert on a project supporting innovation for the private education market through a making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach to improve the quality of education and a comparison of learning outcomes public and private schools in Lagos, Nigeria.
Prior to joining OPM, Alina has worked for the Energy Business Group at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank Development Economics Research Group, and the Moldovan Minister of Economy. Alina holds a MPA in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.