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Holly Ritchie is a (post-doctorate) research fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). In 2013, she obtained her PhD (Cum Laude) at the ISS. She also works as a independent development consultant. She has a background in finance, international development (MA) and enterprise development with experience in Afghanistan (10 years), Kenya, Ethiopia, Somaliland, South Sudan, the Middle East and Brazil.  Dr. Holly Ritchie has a strong interest in institutions, gender, and innovation in ‘fragile’ economic development. Her research and work has looked in particular at (poorer) women’s enterprise participation in marginalised, conflict and refugee settings. She focuses on social inclusion/integration in business and value chains, and looks ahead to social outcomes from economic empowerment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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