Ashley Barr is ME&A’s Chief of Party (COP) for the USAID Bangladesh Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (BMEL) Activity. She is a human rights lawyer and gender specialist with 20 years of experience working primarily in South Asia to enhance citizen participation in legal and governance systems.
For more than a decade, Ms. Barr was based in Pakistan working for The Asia Foundation (TAF) and the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability – Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN). She also led or served as a member of multiple program evaluation and proposal-writing teams in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and elsewhere.
In Pakistan, Ms. Barr was COP for the USAID Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program, Team Leader/Lead Expert for the European Union Punjab Access to Justice Project, and Team Leader for DFID Education Voice and Accountability and Innovation Funds. In Afghanistan, she served as Deputy COP for the USAID Ambassador’s Small Grants Program for Gender Equity. Previously, she was Senior Associate for Human Rights at The Carter Center.
Ms. Barr has worked in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guyana, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and taught law at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan, as a Fulbright Scholar.