The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Jeffrey Ashe

Adjunct Professor

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Micro-enterprise programs with a focus on reaching the poorest through savings groups, research, program design


  • HS 272f - Building Microfinance Institutions and Partnerships
  • HS 280f - Microenterprise: Development and Finance


  • Boston University
  • University of California, Berkeley

Jeffrey Ashe

Adjunct Professor


Jeffrey Ashe was until March 2013 the Director of Community Finance at Oxfam America where he led the Saving for Change Initiative that grew to 650,000 village women in Mali, Senegal, Cambodia, El Salvador and Guatemala.
He was founder of Working Capital, once the largest micro-enterprise program in the US. He served as Director of the PISCES Project, the first worldwide investigation of programs reaching the smallest economic activities of the poor. He was Senior Associate Director at ACCION International, which assisted in the dissemination of peer group lending throughout Latin America. He also designed, assisted and evaluated micro-enterprise programs in 35 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe for the World Bank, the Agency for International Development and many NGO clients. His book, "In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development will be published be Berrett Koehler in October 2014. Professor Ashe has an active consulting practice and also teaches at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and a Research Fellow at Global Development and the Environment at Tufts University.