Howard Mollett

Howard Mollett

Role: Senior Policy Advisor

Team: Programmes and Policy team


I joined CARE in 2005, since then I’ve been lucky enough to work with our local teams and civil society partners in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Sudan, DRC, Kosovo and most recently on the Syria regional response team. My current responsibilities include co-chairing our global network of policy specialists on gender in emergencies, with a colleague in Pakistan, and leading CARE’s advocacy in the UK on the Syrian conflict.

Over the years, I have also worked on innovative research and advocacy with country teams on conflict analysis, civil-military relations and humanitarian access. What has kept me with CARE is the organisation’s support to grassroots activists and its commitment to addressing gender in a serious way.

Prior to joining CARE, previous roles included research on human security and development at the Centre for Defence Studies; the facilitation of a network monitoring human rights implications of the ‘Global War on Terror’; support to European coordination of the Make Poverty History campaign; global coalition-building with the Our World Is Not For Sale coalition; research on trade policy; and support to a network of environmental and human rights CSOs in the Balkans.

One good thing I’ve read

Drown by Junot Diaz - short stories that offer a brilliant fictional lens on gender, class and migrant experiences in the USA.


Twitter @HowardMollett

Blogs posts

Will the UN Refugee and Migrant Summits make things better for refugee women and girls?

Friday, 16 September 2016 10:29
Over 40 grassroots women-led civil society organisations, human rights and humanitarian agencies have today launched a new Joint Statement on Women and Girls outlining 10 recommendations for next week’s global refugee and migrant Summits – and

World Humanitarian Day – What does it mean to be a humanitarian in Europe?

Friday, 19 August 2016 12:20
What does it mean to be ‘a humanitarian’ working in Greece – a country in Europe that, notwithstanding its economic crisis, does not fit the bill of the classic ‘emergency’ context? How does the response in Greece challenge our assumptions

World Humanitarian Summit gender scorecard: How the WHS succeeded and failed from a gender perspective

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 17:35
I am sitting in the closing plenary of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next to women first responders - civil society partners - from Syria, Somalia and Pakistan. It's been two intensive days, at times despairing, at times inspiring, in a

Closing the Gender Gap at the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond: What role for business in empowering women in humanitarian contexts?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:20
On Friday 20 May 2016, on the eve of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, CARE International with the support of Hogan Lovells convened a business/UN/government roundtable to discuss the potential for business to empower women in emergencies.

‘Gender is not Summit-worthy’? – Five ideas for empowering women at the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond

Friday, 20 May 2016 14:26
Back in 2013, a senior UN policy-maker told CARE: “Gender isn’t summit-worthy.” Since then, concerted advocacy by hundreds of women and men has turned this around. CARE has played a leading role by co-convening the first global consultation

Making the most of a flawed opportunity – a response to MSF’s withdrawal from the World Humanitarian Summit and CARE’s stance

Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:50
A week ago, MSF announced that they are pulling out of the World Humanitarian Summit, slamming the process for its failure to tackle the major challenges facing efforts to protect and assist people in times of crisis. Indeed they went so far as to

#SupportingSyrians or #FailingSyrians? – What next after the London Conference on Syria

Friday, 12 February 2016 12:37
This week, days on from the #SupportingSyrians Conference, and like everyone else, I watched the news to see the devastation caused as Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes rained down on civilians in the Aleppo region and 35,000 people fled to the

From #REFUGEESWELCOME to the World Humanitarian Summit: What can we learn from the current crisis to inform a new global deal for refugees?

Monday, 26 October 2015 17:54
Last Thursday 22nd October, over sixty people from diverse backgrounds joined a panel debate at CARE International’s 70th anniversary exhibition in London to discuss lessons learned from the humanitarian and wider response to the global refugee

We need a new deal for refugees and refugee-hosting nations and we need it now

Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:13
Tonight, CARE International hosts an event in London to discuss the global refugee crisis with representatives from DFID, UNHCR, the British Refugee Council, MSF and the Syrian Legal Development Programme, a local organisation working on the

What next for Syria? How 15 years of experience with UNSCR 1325 could inform a different approach to the Syrian conflict

Monday, 12 October 2015 17:04
This year marks 15 years since world leaders passed UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. On Tuesday 13 October, diplomats meet to review and chart ways forward on global efforts to protect and empower women in times of
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