Dr. 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. At CFIA Holly is involved in the project Exploring Refugees and ICTs: Innovating Towards Inclusion and Integration in Fragile Environments. In 2018, she drafted a desk research paper for the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) ‘Refugees and ICTs: Innovating towards Inclusion and Integration in Fragile Environments?’ (will soon be made available on our website).
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.