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 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.
Conditional cash transfer programmes provide extremely poor households with a cash subsidy, on condition that children attend school, and mothers and infants undergo health checks.
These programmes are generally considered effective social protection mechanisms, and success in meeting children’s nutrition, education, and health targets is reported. However, the impact of these programmes on women’s empowerment and intra-household dynamics is under-explored.
This article provides a summary of some key findings of recent research in Latin America, supported by CARE International UK.
Latin America’s efforts to alleviate poverty have resulted in reducing poverty in twelve countries, most strikingly in Mexico and Brazil.
The adoption of Cash Transfer programmes in much of the region is credited with helping to bring this reduction about.
This research investigated three programmes in the Andean region of Latin America: the Juntos Programme in Peru, Bono de Desarrollo Humano in Ecuador, and Bono Juana Azurduy, in Bolivia.
Through qualitative and participatory research with women beneficiaries, and interviews with key informants, the study examined whether, and in what ways, conditional cash transfer programmes might promote gender equity and women’s empowerment.
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the transformative potential of inclusive local governance in generating more secure livelihoods and coping strategies of extremely poor people.
CARE Bangladesh has identified weak and inequitable governance as an underlying cause of poverty (CARE Bangladesh, 2008).
Learn more about CARE's work to build inclusive governance in our executive summary of our 'Inclusive governance: transforming livelihood security experiences from CARE Bangladesh' report.
A reflection on CARE's governance work in six countries.
This paper explores and shares some of CARE's experience of governance work, demonstrating the outcomes that were achieved, the strategies used to achieve them, and some of the key challenges faced.
The current context in Nepal represents a period of intense and historical change and also great opportunities for civl society and citizens to participate, engage and seek to shape the 'New Nepal'.
The end of the conflict and the overthrow of the monarchy in 2006, then the ground-breaking elections of the Constituent Assembly in 2008, where the great diversity of the country is reflected, and the re-writing of the Constitution, all create this ever-moving environment.
In consultation with other organizations working on HIV globally, CARE International commissioned a climate survey covering six countries (Cambodia, Kenya, Malawi, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Vietnam) to explore civil society experiences and document lessons learned in the country-level UNGASS 2006 national review process.
For more than 50 years, CARE has worked in Latin American and the Caribbean. This special report analyses the extent to which the projects and programs we implemented achieved - or not - an impact on poverty and inequality.
This report brings together research conducted jointly by CARE International and ActionAid International in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda in early 2006.
It explores the implications for NGOs of the major changes in donor policies and aid delivery since the late 1990s from both a policy and funding perspective, with particular reference to DFID and the introduction of direct budget support.
Local funds have been used to pursue a wide range of development objectives, the common element being a competitive grant-giving process to support CSOs.
CARE has been involved in managing several programmes, which shared a more specific focus on a range of goals around governance, civil society and rights.
This study emerged from earlier engagement and debates within CARE about a range of competitive funding mechanisms for CSOs and from workshops in 2002 and 2005, the latter building on experiences obtained during an exchange visit to Bangladesh in 2004 held by staff from CARE’s three programmes in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Zambia.