Development Blog

For those of us that sing the praises of social accountability (citizen-driven initiatives to hold those in power to account), making a claim about “impact” (or transformative change) is a challenge we face on a daily basis. And CARE’s not alone. The title of the first session at an NGO political economy analysis working group at which I’m presenting this week (“Building the Evidence-base for Social Accountability”) speaks to the same concern.

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Holding those in power to account: A community meeting in Bangladesh Holding those in power to account: A community meeting in Bangladesh

CARE is presenting a session on sexual harassment in the workplace at the SEEP Network Learning Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment. So what are the implications for the industry of the prevalence of sexual harassment, and how can the industry provide a safer work environment for women?

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Logo from CARE’s multi-media Sexual Harassment Prevention Package for Garment Factories in Cambodia Logo from CARE’s multi-media Sexual Harassment Prevention Package for Garment Factories in Cambodia

My colleagues and I have spent a considerable share of our time during the past few months in discussions with our private sector partners, figuring out a common ground to work together on women’s economic empowerment (WEE). It can be an exciting but also somehow frustrating process as the potential scope of WEE interventions and the business case are always extremely broad, but the resources to invest are limited. For that reason, prioritisation is paramount. Ahead of the session on Systems Change for Women’s Economic Empowerment: How to work with companies? on 24 May at the SEEP Network Learning Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Bangkok, here are some thoughts and lessons learned.

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A woman cocoa farmer in Cote d'Ivoire A woman cocoa farmer in Cote d'Ivoire

One of the biggest challenges in achieving programme quality is to link Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) systems to project management practices. Here are some proven ways to achieve this at project design, baseline, implementation and endline stages.

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A meeting with the target group of a climate change adaptation project in Chhattisgarh, India A meeting with the target group of a climate change adaptation project in Chhattisgarh, India

As the international community gathers for the London Somalia Conference, the role of women in determining the country’s future is high on the agenda. So what are Somali women saying about women’s political participation in their country?

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Deqa Salad, founder of the Hear Women Organisation Deqa Salad, founder of the Hear Women Organisation

The number of women in the world who still lack access to formal financial services stands at 1 billion. While this figure is going down, the discrimination that women face compared to men, in terms of their access to and control over loans, savings and bank account services, continue to hold women back. If we are to see this 1 billion figure drop down to zero, then private sector organisations, governments and civil society organisations must work together to tackle the barriers slowing up progress, and invest in solutions to target women’s equal inclusion in the formal financial arena.

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A woman member of a savings group in Kenya A woman member of a savings group in Kenya

By choosing to spend two minutes reading this article, you stand with the many millions of others around the world who are choosing not just to ‘make a difference’ for women’s economic empowerment, but who are choosing, in fact, to be that difference. The answer to my own question is that simple: everybody can make a difference when it comes to ensuring women have as equal access and control over economic resources as men.

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Maria Daffodil Arrante expanded her market stall business in the Philippines with a loan from Lendwithcare.org Maria Daffodil Arrante expanded her market stall business in the Philippines with a loan from Lendwithcare.org
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