Andrew Stone was previously Head of the Macro Evaluation Team for the Private Sector Department.  His recent evaluation work concerns the Rural Nonfarm Economy and Urban Transport.  Prior evaluation work focused on targeted support to small and medium enterprises and financial inclusion of poor households and microenterprises.

Until 2012, he was Lead Private Sector Development Specialist in the Finance and Private Sector Unit of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank.  A central focus of his work has been the development and application of Investment Climate Assessments (ICAs), an instrument designed to provide a standard and comparable basis for assessing for private enterprise operation and growth and developing strategy and operations to address key constraints. He led a development policy loan in Yemen and co-authored the MENA regional flagship report on private sector development:  From Privilege to Competition:  Unlocking Private-Led Growth in the Middle East and North Africa (2009).

At the Bank, Andrew worked on both the methods for assessing the investment climate through enterprise surveys and policy analysis and the application of those methods in a variety of countries. His survey work pioneered the assessment of costs to private enterprises of regulatory and administrative compliance. In addition, his work investigated the identification and application of appropriate institutional approaches to regulatory reform.

Mr. Stone is coauthor of the book Investment Climate Around the World: Voices of the firms from the World Business Environment Survey (with Geeta Batra and Daniel Kaufmann, World Bank, 2003) and author of multiple articles, World Bank discussion papers and web-based resources on private sector development, business transactions costs, business-government consultation and empirical evaluation of business constraints.