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.

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Inclusive Governance Guidance Note

Inclusive governance is a core part of how CARE should work everywhere, in fragile and conflict-affected states and least developed countries, as well as in middle income countries and the global North. We believe that each of the key approaches and roles contribute to this impact...

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When women decide…

Recent years have seen a growing recognition in the international development community of the importance of supporting women’s political participation and influence in fragile and conflict affected settings (FCAS). However, despite improvements in policy and funding, the international community is still failing to effectively support...

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Fighting GBV in Rwanda and Burundi

Gender-based violence still happens frequently in countries like Rwanda and Burundi. Their governments have acted upon the alarming number of GBV cases and adopted several policies and laws to prevent and punish GBV. CARE’s Every Voice Counts program is implemented in Rwanda and Burundi to...

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Every Voice Counts

Speak up and be heard: this is what CARE wants to achieve through the Every Voice Counts program. Program staff Lori Cajegas, Jojanneke Spoor and Lenneke Kono Tange share their experiences during a field visit in Rwanda where they witnessed the interface meetings between the communities...

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