Caleb Stevens

Senior Advisor, Governance and Natural Environment
USAID Land and Resource Governance Division

Caleb Stevens is a Senior Advisor on Governance and Natural Environment. He focuses on the intersection of land and resource governance and climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and pathogen emergence and leads the LRG Division’s research and evaluations portfolio, which includes twelve ongoing impact evaluations. Caleb also supports USAID through the generation and application of high quality (low risk of bias) evidence to improve the effectiveness of interventions to mitigate climate change, conserve biodiversity, and reduce zoonotic disease risk.

Educational Background

Mr. Stevens is a licensed attorney. He holds a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and a law degree from the University of Illinois.

Regional Experience

Mr. Stevens’s work focuses on areas of high mitigation potential and conservation value, including Mexico and Central America, Amazon basin, West Africa, and Central Africa, among others.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining USAID, Caleb was a Property Rights Specialist with the environmental think tank World Resources Institute, where he was lead author of Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change, one of the first reports to synthesize the counterfactual evidence linking climate change mitigation with secure land and resource rights for indigenous peoples and local communities. The report has been cited and discussed in the New York Times, Economist Magazine, and World Development, among others. Previously, Caleb also served as Legal Advisor to the Liberian Land Commission, where he led a multi-stakeholder policy reform process and was principal drafter of Liberia’s Land Rights Policy (2013). That policy marked the first formal recognition of full property rights for local communities in Liberia’s history. 

Publications and Presentations

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