Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee

Team: Chief Executive


I joined CARE in August 2014, because I believe strongly in our focus on economic development, gender equality and people holding governments accountable. My focus at CARE is on ensuring we have the best people to do the job we do, to support our teams on the ground in over 70 developing countries, and to ensure we continuously improve our ability to monitor the impact of our work, and learn how to do it even better.  

Prior to CARE I worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for seven years, advising them on development policy issues in Europe and Africa. Before that I worked for the British government. I managed British development programmes in South Africa and Afghanistan. He worked in 10 Downing Street to prepare the G8 Gleneagles Summit on Africa in 2005. And I ran the DFID Trade Policy Unit until 2008.

One good thing I've read

One of CARE’s goals is to help the 2 billion people – including 1.1 billion women – without access to financial services, to get them. This great and easy book, Portfolios of the poor: How the world's poor live on $2 a day, by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven, explains why there’s no such thing as living 'hand to mouth'. The poorer you are, the more you need financial management tools.


Twitter: @lauriejlee

Blog posts

Training midwives doesn’t just protect mothers – it gives women a livelihood too

Friday, 30 October 2015 10:54
In the north eastern corner of Bangladesh lies Sunamganj district. A remote area that is underwater for almost half of the year, it is one of the hardest places in the country to be a mother. In 2012, only 11% of births were assisted by a skilled

Technology as a poverty game changer: Using citizen-generated data to measure the SDGs

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:37
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the first time a global compact on overcoming poverty has been created in the digital age. Harnessing the promise of technology will be key to transforming poverty and power in the next 15 years, but we

How business can economically empower women through the SDGs

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:09
The real challenge for the new Sustainable Development Goals is what happens after they are agreed. Deciding on the goals and targets is only the first step; backing them up with the commitment to implement them is crucial. The emerging consensus

Banking the missing billions is within reach

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:54
A ground-breaking piece of development progress was marked last month when the World Bank updated its financial inclusion database and revealed that in the last three years alone, the number of people worldwide who have an account grew by 700

How engaging men and boys is a crucial part of empowering women in Afghanistan

Friday, 13 March 2015 09:25
Where culture is a major barrier to women accessing health care, engaging men in community-based development is an effective way to increase women’s access to health – and promote women’s empowerment more generally – even in contexts

How citizen monitoring could make the SDGs really deliver for poor people

Monday, 09 February 2015 16:39
“What gets measured gets noticed,” said Hilary Clinton. True enough, which is why officials are meeting at the UN this week to thrash out how the proposed new Sustainable Development Goals will be resourced and implemented. The UN Secretary

MDGs, progress, challenges and the year ahead: Why 2015 will be a big year for overcoming poverty

Monday, 05 January 2015 13:58
2015 is set to be a big year for CARE and other organisations working to end world poverty. So where are we at, where are we going, and what do we need to do to get

Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami: The challenges and priorities for humanitarian action

Monday, 22 December 2014 11:17
Ten years ago on Boxing Day, the Indian Ocean tsunamis crashed into the shorelines of 14 countries, killing more than 228,000 people and making almost two million more people homeless and bereaved. The scale of the disaster and the speed with which

Girls’ education in Afghanistan: Why engaging men and boys is crucial for building community support

Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:23
Today’s London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan. With violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans, it is a vital moment to
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