KOWSAR P. CHOWDHURY is a specialist on education, women, and development. She has been working with the World Bank as a consultant since 1991. She was Co-Director for the Graduate Group for Feminist Studies at the State University of New York, and Research Officer for the Second Primary Education Project conducted by the Ministry of Education, Bangladesh. Her areas of specialization are women's education, literacy, and alternative school systems. She conducted the background work on education for the World Bank's policy paper "Enhancing Women's Participation in Economic Development" and is working on a study entitled "Levelling the Playing Fields: What Works to Equalize Access to Education for Girls and Boys."