Ella Spencer

Ella is the IGC’s Impact and Learning Director. Prior to joining the IGC she worked as an independent development consultant, specialising in research on sustainable livelihoods in the fragile-state context. She has conducted a number of evaluations in South Sudan, including on behalf of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on their gender-based violence programming and for the World Bank looking at skills development and training opportunities. Alongside this work, Ella founded and now runs GCSE Success, a charitable organisation focused on reducing educational inequalities in the UK. Ella has over four years of private sector experience, working as an actuary in the insurance sector for a number multinational companies. She holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and English Literature from the University of Manchester.

Content by Ella Spencer
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    Expanding opportunities in India’s labour market: Gender, skills, and migration

    India has one of the youngest populations in an ageing world. By 2020, the median age in the country will be 28 (compared to 37 in China and 45 in Western Europe). Nearly two-thirds of the Indian populace are of working age (between 15 and 64). The question is: will India be able to reap benefits of this ‘demographic dividend’ and fulfil the aspirations of its people,...

    20 Jan 2020 | Ella Spencer, Nalini Gulati

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    Data, incentives, and relationship building for improved tax enforcement

    Tax authorities in developing countries often lack the information and enforcement capacity necessary to collect adequate tax revenue. Both innovative and practical research, performed in collaboration with tax authorities, can address these constraints. The International Growth Centre (IGC) works closely with its partner governments to promote effective tax policies and...

    31 Aug 2018 | Emilie Yam, Ella Spencer