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.