From Relief to Long-Term Recovery
We respond to dozens of disasters each year, reaching approximately 12 million people through our emergency programs.
Our decades of experience, expansive global reach and robust network of partners enable us to take a comprehensive approach to emergency relief.
First, we work with communities to prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters.
Then, we partner with local groups to provide immediate assistance when an emergency hits.
And finally, we work with survivors, especially women and children, to help them recover after the crisis has passed.
Responding to Emergencies & Helping Communities Prepare
Many poor communities in the developing world lack the basic resources to cope with the struggles of everyday life.
When disaster strikes, that struggle becomes all but impossible without assistance.
The Value of Change
We talk a lot about value chains within our economic development work — but what are they and why are they important?
A value chain is the full range of activities, from production to marketing to distribution, that are required to bring a product from its conception to the consumer.
CARE promotes changes in value chains that generate positive, sustained impacts for large numbers of marginalized households in terms of income, employment, power relations and access to products and services that empower the poor to better their lives.
Humanitarian Partnership Platform
At CARE, we believe that dynamic partnerships are critical to solving complex global challenges. Our partners – from corporations to foundations to entrepreneurs – are committed to developing and supporting socially responsible initiatives that build stronger communities in the developing world, while enhancing business and development goals.
Together, CARE and our partners can help build a world of opportunities.
CARE believes that solving the complex challenges of poverty and social injustice can best be achieved by working with others. By pooling resources and expertise, our collective action is greater and more impactful than what we can deliver on our own. In addition to funding partners, we work with a range of actors from local project partners and advocacy allies to research and technical institutions, and suppliers.
Project partners, at local or national level, bring knowledge and understanding of poverty and injustice as they play out in their own community and country context. They may be grassroots organizations, cooperatives, small businesses or government officials, who best understand the issues at stake. CARE aims to support and enhance their skills and capacity so that communities can unleash their full potential.
Advocacy allies allow us to give more prominence to the issues and voice of those affected by poverty and injustice.
To this end, we partner with humanitarian and development NGOs, prominent advocates, national and regional alliances, and celebrities, to amplify the voice of those affected and the changes needed to reverse poverty.
Research and technical institutions bring world-class academic knowledge, and technical advances to the fight against poverty. These partnerships are critical to capture and apply new ideas, knowledge and practice to real-world settings.
Suppliers deliver essential goods and services needed to advance our emergency and development programs. We work with a range of suppliers, thriving to support local economics and keep operational costs low.
CARE is committed to partnerships that are empowering, respectful, and focused on mutual learning and growth. We believe that poverty and social injustice can best be addressed through strategic and impactful partnerships with a range of actors from government, civil society, private sector and beyond.
Integrated Risk Management
In the Philippines, CARE empowers vulnerable communities & local advocates to strengthen their resilience to various disasters. Thus, CARE is integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation & ecosystems restoration and management across all our programs.
Currently, CARE is part of the Partners for Resilience program and the Moving Urban Poor Communities Towards Resilience (MOVE-UP) project both being implemented in Metro Manila & other provinces to actively engage local government units and community members in fortifying their capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
CARE also pilots a learning lab to gather, produce and share knowledge materials on Integrated Risk Management, document and replicate best practices and work on new practical innovations to improve and address the gaps in current IRM work.
Why does CARE fight poverty by focusing on girls and women?
Because we have to.
It’s simple: In the world’s poorest communities, girls and women bear the brunt of poverty. Fighting poverty in those communities requires focusing on girls and women to achieve equality. When families struggle to grow enough food to eat, or earn enough money to send all their kids to school, it’s the girls who are often the last to eat and first to be kept home from school. In these same communities, it’s the women who are frequently denied the right to own the land they’ve farmed their entire lives. And where girls and women are denied freedom to leave their homes or walk down a street, they struggle to earn a living, attend school or even visit a doctor.
But girls and women aren’t just the faces of the poverty; they’re also the key to overcoming it. CARE’s nearly seven decades of experience makes clear that when you empower a girl or a woman, she becomes a catalyst for positive change whose success benefits everyone around her.
Climate Change Adaptation
Poor families worldwide increasingly feel the impacts of climate change. They are seeing first-hand how unpredictable rainfall patterns cause water shortages, reduce harvests and exacerbate hunger. They are witnessing the effects of more extreme weather such as cyclones and hurricanes that destroy their homes, lives and incomes. And they have to cope with longer, more severe droughts which kill their livestock and threaten their crops.
Climate change is particularly impacting women and girls. Not only are more women injured or killed during hurricanes and floods, women and girls are often responsible for farming their fields and collecting water – which means they are increasingly affected by more extreme droughts or floods.
Adapting to an uncertain future
Adapting to climate change is about reducing people’s vulnerability. We help people in developing countries become more resilient to climate shocks. This includes helping women and men learn new farming techniques and protect themselves from recurring disasters. It also means securing people’s rights and access to valuable forest resources.
With the right knowledge and sufficient means, people are able to take the necessary steps to safeguard their own lives, incomes and futures. And by strengthening women’s voices, we ensure they have a stronger say in decisions that affect their lives.
Globally, we work to ensure that the rights of the poorest and most vulnerable people are heard at the international climate change negotiations. And we advocate for governments to put poor people’s concerns at the top of the agenda when planning national responses to climate change.
Recognizing the importance of climate change impacts and the challenge they present to CARE’s work, we created the Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN), which links CARE’s team of climate experts to its front-line work on food security, water, disaster risk reduction and women’s empowerment.
The impacts of climate change are already destroying livelihoods and aggravating economic, political, social, and environmental inequality. Without urgent action, this could make it impossible for poor and marginalised people to reach a wide range of development and justice goals.
There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and prevent human suffering on an unprecedented scale, but we haven’t a moment to lose.
CARE’s response to climate change is rapidly growing to reflect the scope and severity of the challenge. Our overarching objectives are to empower poor and marginalised people to take action on climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change.
CARE believes that poverty is political. Poverty is caused and maintained by unequal power relations that result in the unfair distribution of resources and opportunities. CARE specialises in developing social accountability tools to empower local citizens to hold authorities accountable.
The question as to why some people have less access to resources and opportunities than others in their society is essentially a political question: less to do with the quantity of resources or opportunities available, more to do with how, and by whom, public decisions are made and resources collected and allocated. CARE believes that poverty, like gender inequality and discrimination, is created and maintained through unequal power relations and the resulting unequal distribution of resources and opportunities, with a damaging and disproportionate effect on women and girls. CARE‘s approach to governance has been shaped by various factors including: our programming principles, our emphasis on rights-based approaches, our increasing focus on marginalized women and girls, debates on the relationship between governance and development, and by working in contexts of fragility.
CARE adopted a rights based approach in 19992 , and this approach is core to our governance work. It urges us to look beyond the symptoms of poverty to understand and address the root causes of poverty and social injustice; it requires that the vulnerable and the marginalised take centre stage in the design of our programmes and the measurement of our impact; and it also requires that development goals be framed as entitlements with both claim holders and corresponding duty-bearers. It means that we engage with institutions to address the exclusion of poor and marginalised people and create spaces in which they can exercise their rights, including the fundamental right to have a say on how public decisions are made, affairs are managed and resources are allocated.
Governance is a complex concept that can be explained and understood in many ways, but in its broadest sense, it is the exercise of power relations in the public arena—the ―rules of the game. It is about who is able to influence public decisions, and who isn‘t, and about who creates or enforces these ―rules. Governance is the sum of the many ways individuals and institutions—public and private—manage their common affairs. It is a dynamic, political process through which decisions are made, conflicts are resolved, diverse interests are negotiated, and collective action is undertaken. The process can be influenced by formal written codes, informal3 but broadly accepted cultural norms, the charismatic leadership of an individual or individuals, the use of force, coercion or patronage, or, often, a combination of these means.