Alice Allan

Alice Allan

Role: Head of Advocacy and Policy (Jobshare)

Team: Programmes and Policy team


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.


Twitter: @aliceallan3

Blog posts

How we got a step nearer to ending violence and harassment at work worldwide – and what’s next

Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:10
CARE is adamant that the #MeToo movement should not go down in history as a flash in the pan, but that we must harness the moment to make it a significant milestone on the path towards gender equality. The agreement at the International Labour

2018 development prediction: 4 ways to make sure the future is feminist – from London to Yemen

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 12:15
As we launch into 2018 it is worth reflecting that 2017 has not only seen some political upheavals in the UK and the US but also some fundamental social shifts. Whilst the revelations of sexual harassment and abuse of power from Hollywood to almost

It’s not just the economy: Decent work for women means focusing on rights and equality too

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:39
The only good thing about the recent revelations over the yawningly wide gender pay gap at the BBC was the outrage. People felt it was morally corrupt and utterly unequal that women were paid less than men for doing the same job in the UK in 2017.

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
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