Alice Allan

Alice Allan

Role: Head of Advocacy and Policy (Jobshare)

Team: Programmes and Policy team

Profile:

I lead CARE’s policy and advocacy on women’s economic empowerment which includes influencing the private sector. I'm passionate about the social and economic benefits of savings-led financial inclusion.

I've been with CARE International UK since 2011 and have spend a big chunk of that time working with Barclays and other banks to responsibly link savers to their services. Before CARE I spent nearly 20 years working both ‘inside’ government – as a Human Rights Advisor at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a researcher in the UK parliament – and ‘outside’ at supporter-led organisations, Amnesty International UK and Saferworld where I helped push for the Arms Trade Treaty. Before that I was a journalist in Colombia and Mexico.

My current interest is how to tackle the unpaid care economy and balancing being a mother and having a career.

One good thing I've read

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958). An all-time favourite book that sums up how change can go so wrong. Generally, however, I am an eternal optimist.

Email: Allan@careinternational.org

Blog posts

Family Planning Summit: The verdict

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 13:19
By Alice Allan and Christina Wegs: The Family Planning Summit, held in London on 11 July 2017, was a chance to re-energise support for global efforts to reach an additional 120 million women and girls with contraception information and services by

New year, new job share: Walking the talk on gender equality and flexible working

Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:34
In my line of work we all feel passionately about creating greater gender equality globally, and for CARE and many others, achieving greater women’s economic empowerment is a major goal. But how good are we at keeping our own houses in order when

Could women’s access to finance solve global poverty?

Friday, 27 February 2015 12:48
The global negotiations to agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate global poverty by 2030 will come to a conclusion this September. Many supporters of women’s economic empowerment have backed a petition urging governments

IMF World Bank Annual Meeting: Taking the Linking for Change message to the big players in global finance

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:01
The IMF World Bank Annual meetings set the big picture on global finance – this year talk was how to cope with slowing growth rates in emerging economies. CARE went to ensure that some of the conversation focused on how those living on less than

Why mix with the Davos fat cats when you fight for the poorest?

Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:16
I can’t help but have lingering doubts about Davos’ legitimacy. Oxfam’s great report on inequality talks about the dangers of ‘power capture’ by the elite. Surely Davos is just another example of this - a group of mostly unelected actors

What can blogging achieve for INGOs?

Friday, 02 August 2013 10:44
Recent research from the World Bank and the LSE (don’t roll your eyeballs) shows that blogging about an academic article can lead to hundreds of new readers, when before there were only a handful. CARE has 60 years of experience of what does and

A Perfect Storm: How CARE campaigned for reproductive health results in Pakistan

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:49
A recent WHO study re-confirmed that Pakistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (nearly 300 women die for every 100,000 births) and many of them are under 20 years old. Despite the challenging political, economic and

Welcome to... not another development blog?!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:47
Recent research from the World Bank and the LSE (don’t roll your eyeballs) shows that blogging about an academic article can lead to hundreds of new readers, when before there were only a handful. CARE has 60 years of experience of what does and

A Perfect Storm: How CARE campaigned for reproductive health results in Pakistan

Monday, 29 July 2013 14:33
A recent WHO study re-confirmed that Pakistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (nearly 300 women die for every 100,000 births) and many of them are under 20 years old. Despite the challenging political, economic and

Progress and poverty in Peru

Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:22
Along with a delegation from CARE International UK, I recently visited colleagues at CARE Peru (or Cah-Rey Peru as its pronounced in Spanish!) to witness how they are reaping real results in tackling the challenges of poverty and inequality in a
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