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Governance & Stability

CARE recognizes that poverty is created and sustained through unequal power relations and the resulting unjust distribution of resources and opportunities, often with a damaging and disproportionate effect on women and girls. For this reason, CARE argues that poverty is injustice. Challenging the root causes of poverty and social injustice, at all levels, therefore requires efforts to promote good governance; that is, the effective, participatory, transparent, equitable and accountable management of public affairs. That is the main goal of CARE’s Governance & Stability programs.

With the Governance & Stability programs, we promote good governance in three key areas of change: a) empowering poor people to know and act on their rights and represent their interests; b) influencing those in power, such as governments, traditional leaders and the private sector, to be more responsible, responsive and accountable; and c) brokering linkages and convening spaces which enable effective and inclusive relations and negotiating between the two.

Every Voice Counts’ global report

Every Voice Counts - Every day, we see women living in fragile settings across the globe demonstrating great power and resilience. We know these women have ideas that…

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Domains of Change Research for EVC

This report presents a review of experiences from the Every Voice Counts (EVC) programme – an inclusive governance initiative implemented by CARE Nederland and partners from 2016 to…

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Savings Groups’ Influence on Women’s Public Participation 

Women are often excluded from public decision-making processes, yet their voice and leadership are essential components of gender equality. A recent study by CARE shows that economic empowerment…

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Social Inclusion in Fragile Contexts

Pathways Towards the Inclusion of Women in Local Governance. This brief provides a summary of the findings from exploratory research examining the social inclusion of women in subnational…

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Strengthening Capacity of Local Authorities

CARE Nederland and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (THA) believe that successful inclusive governance (IG) involves working with actors on both sides of supply (state) and demand…

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Persuasive Storytelling: How Campaigning Can Shift Social Norms

CARE Nederland’s Every Voice Counts (EVC) programme has found that certain harmful social norms are barriers to the inclusion of women and youth in governance decision-making. Certain issues…

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5 Minutes of Inclusive Governance Inspiration

Women and youth should actively and meaningfully participate in and influence the decisions that affect their lives. CARE Nederland's Every Voice Counts (EVC) knows that this can be…

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Follow the Knowledge: Uptake 2019

The importance of research and learning in international development programmes has been emphasised by funders, practitioners, and academics alike. In the Netherlands, the Dialogue and Dissent (D&D) strategic…

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Adopting Outcome Harvesting: 5 Learnings and Takeaways

During my first few weeks as an AMID trainee at CARE Nederland, I heard the term ‘Outcome Harvesting’ being used a lot in association with a big upcoming…

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Inclusive governance: Why it matters

Today, 20 December, is Human Solidarity Day. Solidarity signifies that we – humankind – are all in this together, so we must support and stand by each other…

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