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Audrey Pereira

Former Consultant

Audrey Pereria focuses on international health systems and economics. She has experience contributing to a wide range of maternal and child health projects across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, including initiatives on nutrition, family planning, and human resources for health. Audrey is working on adolescent health, food insecurity, and violence against women and children. Prior to her current position, she consulted at the World Bank, and worked for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Audrey holds a Master of Science in Public Health,
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread globally, with an estimated one-third of women aged 15 years and over experiencing physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetimes. Economic empowerment, or the financial standing of women, is often thought to protect against IPV, signalling sufficient economic autonomy to leave abusive situations or to prevent abuse. Asset ownership is one measure of economic empowerment, and can convey substantial agency as a wealth store, especially for large productive assets, such as agricultural land or home ownership. Despite the important implications of IPV reduction for policy and programming, evidence of this relationship is scarce.We hope this research will advance our global understanding of this potential.


Audrey Pereira; Amber Peterman; Kathryn Yount

Target 2.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to hunger, in all its forms, by 2030. Measuring food security among children under age 5, who represent a quarter of the world’s population, remains a challenge that is largely unfeasible for current global monitoring systems. The SDG framework has agreed to use the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) to measure moderate and severe food insecurity. The FIES is an experience-based metric that reports food-related behaviours on the inability to access food due to resource constraints. We present the first global estimates of the share and number of children below age 15, who live with a respondent who is food insecure.


Audrey Pereira; Sudhanshu Handa; Goran Holmqvist


Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions (2019)

Tia Palermo, Audrey Pereira, Naomi Neijhoft, Ghaji Bello, Robert Buluma, Pierre Diem, Rocio Aznar Daban, Inah Fatoumata Kaloga, Aminul Islam, They Kheam, Birgithe Lund-Henriksenj, Nankali Maksudk, Mary Catherine Maternowska, Alina Potts, Chivith Rottanak, Chea Samnangm, Mary Shawan, Miho Yoshikawa, Amber Peterman
Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 88 , pp. 348-361.

Mythbusting: confronting six common perceptions about cash transfer programs in sub-Saharan Africa (2018)

Sudhanshu Handa, Silvio Daidone, Amber Peterman, Benjamin Davis, Audrey Pereira, Tia Palermo, Jennifer Yablonski
World Bank Research Observer , vol. 33 (2) , pp. 259-298.


Food for thought on measuring child food insecurity (09 Dec 2016)

Food is a basic necessity of life. You probably know the grim statistics: one in four children are stunted, approximately hal ...