Future of Development event: 'Care matters: the business, policy, and gender lens for investing in care'

18 April 2024

Portrait of Dr Christian Johannes Meyer

with Dr Christian Johannes Meyer

Dr Christian Johannes Meyer is the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development at the University of Oxford. At the University, he is also affiliated with the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) and the Mind &...

In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the urgency to support a sustainable, gender-transformative care economy with collaboration across governments, private sector and civil society.

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Oxford will convene a roundtable, featuring Sharmi Surianarain from Harambee and Sabrina Habib from Kidogo for an action-oriented dialogue to discuss the constraints and opportunities of the care economy for development, livelihoods and businesses.

By bringing together perspectives and solutions from multiple stakeholders and sectors, this interactive roundtable will highlight challenges and exemplars and map out a trajectory for an effective care ecosystem to benefit multiple stakeholders – women, children, families, businesses and economies.


  • Dr Christian Meyer, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development
  • Dr Diva Dhar, Deputy Director of Women's Economic Empowerment, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Nisha Dhawan, Vice President of Impact and Influence, EMpower
  • Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
  • Sabrina Habib, CEO and Co-Founder, Kidogo Early Years

This was a Skoll Forum side event organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development.