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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.

Savings Groups: a Pathway to Peace?

How participation in Village and Savings and Loans Associations influences social cohesion in South Sudan Written by Berlinda Nolles, Knowledge Manager, CARE Nederland Ever since the start of…

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Chomoka: the app that is unlocking access to finance for smallholder African farmers

Many smallholders African farmers manage their finances through a Village Saving and Loans Association (VSLA), a savings and loan group made up primarily of female farmers. VSLAs are…

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Addressing Root Causes of Instability in South Sudan

CARE Nederland, in an effort to learn more about the link between economic development and peacebuilding, commissioned a study to investigate how men and women’s participation in Village…

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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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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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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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It takes all of us to put an end to GBV

Gender-based violence (GBV) is an epidemic worldwide. Anyone can experience GBV – young, old, rich, poor, men, women - but women and girls are disproportionately affected. Estimating the…

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Opportunities for Revision of Rwanda’s GBV Policy

For the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of GBV CARE Netherlands and CARE Rwanda have analysed Rwanda's existing policy against gender-based violence (GBV) and outlined opportunities…

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Advocacy for GBV Law and Policy Reform in Burundi

CARE Burundi and partners have been advocating to the Government of Burundi to amend the gender-based violence (GBV) law through CARE Netherlands Every Voice Counts programme. Responding to…

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