Gerry Boyle

Gerry Boyle

Role: Senior Policy Advisor – Women’s Economic Empowerment

Team: Programmes and Policy team


I lead CARE International UK’s policy analysis and advocacy around value chains and dignified work. I originally joined CARE as the Senior Policy Adviser on Private Sector Engagement. With the advent of our new Global Programme Strategy which put a particular emphasis on women’s economic empowerment, my focus changed a little, although I still work extensively with issues in the private sector and with CARE’s corporate partners.

Until recently I spent a lot of my time on financial inclusion, now looked after by my colleague Fiona Jarden. I also co-chair the Bond Private Sector Working Group.  Immediately before I joined CARE I worked for Oxfam as Head of Business Relations for about three years, but the vast majority of my career was spent as a management consultant including being a consulting Partner at Deloitte, where for a time I led Deloitte UK’s Consumer Business consulting practice, serving many major multinationals. My original degree was in Law from Oxford University, and in 2008 when I left Deloitte I did an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at LSE.

One good thing I've read

Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom. It provides a framework for many people’s modern understanding of what is development, based on a profoundly human-centred approach rather than anything instrumental. And to check whether one personally is doing enough to fight poverty, I recommend Peter Singer’s The life you can save: Acting now to end world poverty – it’s very clear and easy to read but very challenging! Finally, Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans: Rich nations, poor policies, and the threat to the developing world is a very readable guide to economic development which argues strongly against many of the prevailing orthodoxies.


Twitter: @gerryboyle10

Blog posts

Mixing with the one percent at Davos: How to ‘improve the state of the world’ through financial inclusion

Thursday, 21 January 2016 17:49
CARE is at Davos again this year, talking to the business and government elite who gather each year in the Alpine hide-away for the World Economic Forum. On Friday (21 January) we are co-hosting a discussion event with Accenture Development Partners

IMF shows support for the positive impacts of financial inclusion of women

Monday, 16 November 2015 11:52
While CARE has long believed that giving women access to savings, both informally and in the formal financial sector, is a key way to empower women economically, it is always good to have such an august institution as the IMF provide support. In

Within Reach webinar: How banks in emerging economies can grow profitably by being more inclusive

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 14:56
Accenture and CARE International will discuss key findings from their report, Within Reach – How banks in emerging economies can grow profitably by being more inclusive, in a webinar on 19 November. This will be a chance for key stakeholders

Within Reach report: Banks have a $380 billion market opportunity in financial inclusion

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 11:55
Within Reach, a new report launched on 5 November by CARE and Accenture, the global consulting firm, sets out how banks in emerging economies can grow profitably by being inclusive. At CARE we know that providing access to basic formal bank accounts

Why CARE is focussing on banks

Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:34
CARE is about to publish a report on How banks in emerging economies can grow profitably by being more inclusive.  We’ve worked closely with Accenture, the global consulting firm, to analyse how banks are addressing the financial inclusion

Within Reach launch event: How banks in emerging economies can grow profitably by being more inclusive

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:01
The joint Accenture and CARE International report, Within Reach – How banks in emerging economies can grow profitably by being more inclusive, will be launched on 5 November in London. The report proposes six key insights into how banks can

Opportunity knocks: Financial inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals

Friday, 25 September 2015 13:41
Financial inclusion is a key enabler for the Sustainable Development Goals – but its key role will only be fulfilled if civil society, government and the private sector can work together really

Why linking to savings groups may be key to increased bank value

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:22
We at CARE International are excited by some recent research by McKinsey, the leading global strategy consultancy, which highlights that “a bigger deposit base routinely results in a higher valuation [of a bank]. The data show that this is a very

CARE International’s submission to the World Bank Gender Strategy consultation

Friday, 31 July 2015 16:25
The World Bank Group has been consulting on its plan to update its Gender Strategy. We decided to focus our response to the consultation largely on women’s economic empowerment as a critical component of women’s empowerment and gender equality,

Financing for Development Conference: what will it do for women’s economic empowerment? (Answer: potentially quite a lot...)

Friday, 24 July 2015 10:32
The Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa last week (13-16 July) got rather tepid and mixed reviews. Surprisingly, for a conference on financing, the outcome document contains very few numbers, and many NGOs are unhappy about the lack
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