Intended primarilyÂ for development professionals and students,Â this is a library ofÂ useful informationÂ on development methods, good practice, shared experience and lessons learned. Documents are archived according to theÂ areas of work CARE International UK is involved in around the world.
Intended primarilyÂ for development professionals and students,Â this is a library ofÂ useful informationÂ on development methods, good practice, shared experience and lessons learned.
Documents are archived according to theÂ areas of work CARE International UK is involved in around the world.
Climate change is more than a threat, itâ€™s a reality for millions of the people we work with. We recognise that climate change is a huge challenge in the fight against poverty.
The impacts of climate change are already destroying livelihoods and increasing financial, political, social and environmental inequities.
CARE's response to climate change is rapidly expanding to reflect the severity of the challenge.
We focus on helping poor and marginalised communities adapt to their already changing climates.
We use innovative approaches to help vulnerable people prepare for disaster and make their livelihoods more resilient.
It has always been evident that conflict has a negative effect on development. The consequences of conflict are devastating and can undermine development work in practical terms.
Development work can also contribute to war, can miss potential opportunities for building peace, and can be a waste of resources if conflict is not addressed.
CARE International focuses on how best to address the relationship between conflict and development, by finding the most effective ways to make our work â€˜conflict sensitiveâ€™ and by being at the forefront of work on peacebuilding.
Experience shows educated people are likely to marry later, have healthier families and greater earning potential.
Girls who complete primary education are less likely to become HIV positive and their own children are more likely to survive infancy and to be healthy.
CARE International runs education programmes in 25 countries, working at community, regional and national level to improve access to education for all.
CAREâ€™s projects encourage parents, teachers and other community membersÂ toÂ get involved, working together to overcome the barriers to education that keep families mired in poverty.
The fight against poverty is never more difficult than in times of crisis.
For communities that are already poor and vulnerable any kind of disaster, whether it is man-made or natural, can be catastrophic.
CARE International takes a comprehensive view: disasters do not happen in isolation.
Our aim is to look further than the immediate need and work with communities on long-term sustainable development programmes.
CARE alsoÂ aims to meetÂ the Sphere standards to ensure people can live their lives with dignityÂ following a disaster response.
CARE recognises bad or weak governance as a root cause of poverty across the communities with which we work.
The question of why some people are unable to access resources and opportunities compared to others is essentially a political question; less to do with simply the quantity of resources or opportunities available but rather how, and by whom, public decisions are made.
Both history and political, economic and cultural context are of vital importance to understanding the way power is exercised in public affairs.
CARE International considers HIV and AIDS to be one of the single most devastating phenomena preventing progress in the developing world.
Ultimately the cycle of HIV and poverty can only be stopped by addressing the root causes of both. In more than two dozen high-risk countries CARE runs 126 projects.
With our local partners, we're working not only to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS and provide care and support for those affected, but also to find lasting solutions to wider social and economic problems that exacerbate the crisis.
CARE International does provide food aid in times of emergency, but we also look for long-term solutions to provide people with an ongoing and reliable source of food.
CARE works with hundreds of communities around the world to find practical and lasting ways to develop reliable food supplies.
Our projects are designed to help rural families grow more food as well as conserve and improve soil, water and other natural resources.
We also train food producers in how to get to markets and sell their produce as well as linking farmers with domestic and export markets.
Improving the health of people in developing countries is a critical part of CARE Internationalâ€™s work to help overcome poverty.
By improving the healthcare services available to poor people and educating them about health issues, CARE can help communities begin to address wider issues such as earning money and having a secure source of income.
CARE's healthcare programmes help young, productive people to achieve better health so they can enhance the livelihoods of whole communities.
Our programmes look to the future - where we hope poor people wonâ€™t have to accept ill health as their lot.
CARE International's micro and small enterprise programmes create opportunities for poor people, especially women, to increase their income and become more financially secure.
CARE also helps poor people gain access to markets.
We bring together small-scale producers so they can benefit from economies of scale; we train farmers in more efficient methods; teach craft makers new skills and advise people on what products can be exported â€“ all these things enable the poor to gain access to markets that would otherwise be excluded from.
CARE International's view is that by harnessing the core skills and technical expertise of big business, we can begin to find lasting, sustainable solutions.
We are working together with businesses with the aim of devising operating models that produce profit for companies while at the same time serving the interests of the poor.
This is all about using business knowledge, expertise and dynamism and combining this with the knowledge and skills CARE has of engaging with poor communities, understanding their needs and recognising their capacity to be active participants in development solutions.
CARE International believes all marginalised people should be able to claim their rights and exercise their responsibilities and this is why we take the issue of gender inequality very seriously.
As a rights-based organization, CARE deliberately and explicitly focuses on enabling people to achieve the minimum conditions for living in dignity - in other words, achieving their human rights.
CARE is a member of the Gender And Development Network (GADN), which is made up of more than 180 leading practitioners, academics and consultants working on gender and development issues.
In many parts of the developing world the risk of disasters is increasing. Many factors are driving this: population growth, climate change, conflict, increasing urbanisation, food price volatility, environmental degradation and continued poor governance. In recent decades, there has been a rise in both the number and impact of natural disasters. Poor housing, lack of health facilities and infrastructure put nearly one billion people living in urban informal settlements at particular risk. The lives and livelihoods of people living in flood plains, low lying coastal areas and steep slopes are also in danger.
Deforestation, overgrazing and land degradation have damaged ecosystems and are exacerbating the risks of disasters such as floods or landslides.
Very often, it is women who are most affected. They often have less access to political and economic resources needed to protect themselves, and to deal with the effects.
CARE International assists people to diversify and adapt how they make a living. We help ensure urban dwellers are able live on safe land and have access to infrastructure and services, and support the protection and enhancement of ecosystems through community based natural resource management.
We see resilience as the ability of women and men, communities and societies, to resist, absorb and recover from shocks and stresses while retaining dignity, functionality and developing the ability to learn, cope with or adapt to hazards, stresses and change. CARE acts to empower local communities, especially women, to reduce their exposure to risk and strengthen their resilience.
CARE believes that development, in whatever guise it takes, must lead to disaster resilience building. Shocks are increasing in frequency and intensity, and without major advances in household and community resilience, they will erode development gains. At community level, threats and hazards are often experienced as a single shock and not as a set of distinct problems. The solution must thus be in an integrated approach to resilience.
This report is an analytical review of CAREâ€™s programs and projects undertaken with partners and allies in 16 countries over the period 2005â€“2010. In publishing this review of our work in Asia over a five-year period, CARE seeks to provide greater accountability to those with whom we work and to those who entrust CARE with resources, as well as contribute to global discussion on assessing the impact of development efforts. We aim to improve our knowledge and evidence base to make our future programming, partnerships and advocacy more effective, and to identify where we should improve our internal systems.
CARE regularly reviews the effectiveness of its programs as part of its commitment to learning and accountability. Like all agencies working in development, CARE needs to learn from the challenges we face and our possible failings. This report does not set out to present the totality of CAREâ€™s work in Asia, or to synthesise all lessons captured in program evaluations, both positive and negative. Rather, the purpose is to better understand the impact of CAREâ€™s work in the region over the past five years, as a basis upon which to build in the future.