Gianluca Nardi

Gianluca Nardi

Role: Women in Value Chains Senior Advisor

Team: Women's Economic Empowerment team


I joined CARE International UK in 2005 as part of the Private Sector Engagement team. Now I lead the Women in Value Chains component of the CARE's global women's economic empowerment strategy. My main areas of expertise are market facilitation, women’s empowerment, micro-enterprise development, rural development, private sector engagement and working with extractive industries. I’m currently providing technical support to Women in Value Chains programmes around the world including the Mondelez Cocoa Life programme and the Cargill Nourishing the Future programme in Central America, and to the global partnerships between CARE and SAB Miller, Diageo, and Anglo American.

I have over 15 years experience working in various management and consultancy roles in Brazil, Nicaragua, Angola, Cambodia and Italy, in both the private sector and NGOs. I hold a Master in International Development from the University of Ferrara, an ILO Diploma on Inclusive Market Facilitation, a diploma in Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development from the Catholic University of Lima, and a certificate from the Advanced Social Management Programme from the University of Cambridge and the University of Queensland CSRM.

One good thing I’ve read

Changing your company from the inside out: A guide for social intrapreneurs, by Gerald Davis and Christopher White. An inspiring guide to making big changes and a social impact by transforming large companies from the inside. It is fascinating to see the many similarities between social movements generating big societal changes and inspiring individuals doing the same in their own organizations.


Twitter: @gianlucabrasil

Blog posts

A systemic approach to working with the private sector on Women’s Economic Empowerment – where should we set the boundaries?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:19
My colleagues and I have spent a considerable share of our time during the past few months in discussions with our private sector partners, figuring out a common ground to work together on women’s economic empowerment (WEE). It can be an exciting

Rural Savings and Credit Unions in Honduras: a model to promote more inclusive market systems and women’s economic empowerment

Monday, 27 February 2017 15:52
Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto, age 44, lives in Villanueva Cortes in Honduras. When she was a child she dreamed of being a doctor yet because of economic hardship and lack of access to higher education, she was unable fulfil her dream. Until recently,

Women’s leadership in cocoa farming communities: CARE’s peer review of Mondelēz’s Cocoa Life programme

Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:35
Women are very important stakeholders for the whole cocoa industry – not just as customers and consumers, but also because of their roles as cocoa producers. Although cocoa is seen as a “male crop” in most of the producing countries, women

“The power to decide”: How transformative gender dialogues enable women farmers in Ghana to access land

Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:08
By Gianluca Nardi and Katherine Carr (CARE International UK, Programme Officer - Africa) When we arrive in Kariyata, a rural community in the Upper Eastern region of Ghana, close to Garu, most of the women in the community are waiting for us within

Women’s economic empowerment in rural value chains: The role of the private sector

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:21
The private sector is a main actor involved in women’s economic empowerment in rural value chains: large traders, retailers or manufacturers often hold the keys to improving women’s access to extension services, financial services, input

What happens when cocoa-producing communities decide their own criteria for sustainability and success?

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:41
How can we make sure that in a developing country that is economically and socially dependent on a single commodity, this becomes a development driver rather than a

Can more gender equality boost the competitiveness of the PNG coffee industry?

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:09
When I arrived in Yasubi, a small and industrious village in the Okapa district of the Papua New Guinea highlands, I could see that most of the services we normally take for granted – like electricity, running water, accessible roads – were

Three ways to make involuntary resettlement for extractive industry development a dialogue and not a confrontation

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:49
The IAIA Special Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods took place in Kruger Park, South Africa in late October. The nice location (and emblem of environmental conservation) was most probably selected with security issues in mind, but it also

Why cash alone is not enough: four main features of a broader market systems approach to SME development

Monday, 20 October 2014 14:04
CARE International’s approach to SME development includes access to finance as an important element. But we also believe that it is essential to adopt a systemic view of the market system and of the socio-economic situation of the individuals and

What Brazil’s World Cup meltdown teaches us about market systems

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:44
Football teams are a system and markets are systems too... I am a market systems practitioner who lives and works in Brazil. After the emotions from Brazil’s semi-final failure calmed down, I started to draw a few analogies from the World Cup.
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