Alison Griffith Markets and Private Sector

Alison Griffith is the Senior Advisor on Private Sector and Market Systems in the Policy and Practice team. She has worked extensively on issues related to inclusive and sustainable market systems and private sector development. Her main areas of interest are in inclusive, sustainable systems and economies, and emerging forms of finance such as impact investment. Alison is currently the co-chair of the Bond Private Sector group which comprises of 70 NGOs, aiming to influence policy on the role of the private sector in development.

She has over 25 years professional experience in the UK and overseas, including living and working in the East Africa region. Her background includes working with the private sector in agricultural insurance, livestock services, fair trade and consultancy. She has played a key role in global learning and advocacy, for example, serving two terms on the board of the SEEP, the leading global network on inclusive markets and financial systems.

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  • Many Happy Returns
    Lusaka in Zambia was the venue for a recent global gathering of 200 practitioners, researchers and donors for the BEAM Exchange’s  inaugural conference “Shining a light on the use of systems approaches to build inclusive markets and reduce poverty”. BEAM is a knowledge hub supported by DFID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and we gathered to take stock of learning on three illuminating tracks: Evidence; Results and Innovative Practices. The ACRE team joined forces with Adam Smith International to lead […]
  • The business of the achieving the new SDGs
    That the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been described as the ‘most inclusive process in the history of the UN’ seems worth celebrating…. even if a flip side is the daunting number of goals (17) and proposed targets. This inclusion has undoubtedly been a recognition that the scale and depth of the challenges needed extensive public, private and civil society engagement.  Unlike their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this time round many businesses have been encouraged to have their […]
  • Amber/Red for DFID – not business as usual
    Today the body responsible for scrutinising the effectiveness of UK aid money, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) , released its report on Business in Development.They’ve looked at how well DFID is working with, and through, businesses. Their assessment, announced today, is concerning. Marked as Amber/Red, it states: ‘The programme performs relatively poorly overall against ICAI’s criteria for effectiveness and value for money. Significant improvements should be made.’ It is a harsh message for DFID teams but timely for […]
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