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

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

Financing for Development Conference: Promoting financial inclusion could unlock $100bn of domestic resources in developing countries

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 13:25
The Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa from 13 to 16 July could be a key moment to build a framework for financing the work needed to eradicate poverty by 2030, and so build confidence for the effective pursuit of the Sustainable

Financial inclusion in developing countries: the alarm bells should be ringing for banks

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:22
At a session on financial inclusion at the European Development Days event last month, I gave a brief talk about research that CARE and Accenture are jointly conducting on the capabilities for financial inclusion of banks in developing countries. We

Why financial inclusion? Follow the debate at our European Development Days event and find out if banks can serve the bottom billions

Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:21
Financial inclusion has been a key part of CARE’s work for over 20 years. We’ve learned from an enormous number of programmes in dozens of countries that giving women access to savings is an essential first step in their economic empowerment.

Banking the bottom billions – new research and discussion at the European Development Days on 3 June

Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:33
2015 is the European Year for Development, and European Development Days (EDD 15) will be its flagship event. CARE International will be there discussing the role of banks in financial inclusion in developing

Banks are targeting the ‘missing middle’ in developing countries – but should they be reaching further down the financial pyramid?

Monday, 15 December 2014 11:28
I have just spent a few days in Dhaka talking to the Bangladesh Central Bank and a number of the key commercial banks in the country, as part of a research project into the role of banks in furthering financial inclusion. At CARE International, our

VSLAs: The three keys to financial security

Thursday, 11 December 2014 14:01
Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are a key way to provide access to financial services for people living in areas which financial institutions typically ignore and where the cycle of poverty prevails. They do exactly what their name

How to increase investment in micro-enterprises (and get your money back)

Monday, 08 December 2014 16:49
Today CARE has submitted written evidence to the International Development Committee (IDC) of the House of Commons on our peer-to-peer lending network, Lendwithcare. (For a snappier and more entertaining overview of Lendwithcare, see our new

It’s official: UK Action Plan on business and human rights still needs some legal teeth

Friday, 28 November 2014 14:25
As a Policy Adviser, it is always gratifying to learn when some individual or group with a bit more power than you basically agrees with you and is pushing your
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