Caroline Ashley
Editorial advisor

Caroline  focuses  on  how  innovative  economic  models  can  deliver  more  inclusive  and  resilient  development.  She  heads  the  Economic  Justice  team  in  Oxfam,  which  works  across  agricultural  and  urban  contexts,  investing  in  programmes  that  promote  inclusive  markets,  new  enterprise  models,  resilient  development  and  women's  economic  empowerment.  Caroline  has  worked  on  markets,  business  models  and  investment  approaches  that  deliver  social  impact  for  many  years  in  different  roles  with  challenge  funds,  impact  investors,  entrepreneurs,  corporates  and  policy  makers.  She  was  Results  Director  of  the  DFID  Business  Innovation  Facility,  Sida  Innovations  Against  Poverty  programme,  and  the  DFID  Impact  Programme,  focusing  on  how  innovative  business  models  deliver  commercial  and  social  return.  She  founded  the  Practitioner  Hub  for  Inclusive  Business  in  2010,  as  part  of  the  Business  Innovation  Facility,  took  over  hosting  it  in  2014,  and  edited  the  Hub  for  7  years.  Over  three  decades  in  development  she  has  pioneered  new  approaches  to  understanding  business  impacts,  sustainable  livelihoods,  pro-poor  value  chain  analysis,  and  sustainable  equitable  resource  use.  She  was  previously  Research  Fellow  at  the  Overseas  Development  Institute,  a  Resource  Economist  in  the  Namibian  Government,  director  of  her  company  Ashley  Insight,  worked  in  the  UK  Parliament  and  US  Congress,  has  lived  and  worked  in  several  countries  in  Africa  and  Asia,  and  has  done  consultancy  work  for  a  host  of  bilateral  and  multilateral  organisations. 

Articles by Caroline Ashley