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

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

Local to global advocacy at CARE

Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:19
As NGOs gathered in London last week to begin discussing ‘Make Poverty History Mark 2’, an Indian colleague neatly summed up what he felt CARE needs to focus on if we are to make significantly more progress towards poverty
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