Conflict

Three years on from the start of the conflict in South Sudan, I returned to the country to help ensure that CARE’s life-saving work reaches the most vulnerable women and girls. The conflict has caused almost 1 in 4 to flee their homes, and our analysis, published today, shows that women and girls continue to bear the heaviest burden as the conflict worsens.

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Residents of Torit, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan, wait in line to receive an emergency aid distribution from CARE (November 2016) Residents of Torit, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan, wait in line to receive an emergency aid distribution from CARE (November 2016)

This week CARE launches its newest paper on women’s economic empowerment in fragile settings and I’ll be laying out the key points in a presentation online and in person (Thursday 8 December, 12-2pm). Here is a preview of what I’ll be saying.

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A CARE-supported savings group in East Hararghe, Ethiopia A CARE-supported savings group in East Hararghe, Ethiopia

Functioning market systems and a responsible and responsive private sector are critical to livelihoods, autonomy and well-being. However they are both heavily impacted by crisis, including war.

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Women in Jordan supported by CARE through Village Savings and Loan Associations and vocational and business skills training Women in Jordan supported by CARE through Village Savings and Loan Associations and vocational and business skills training

There is an irony to current thinking on the private sector and peacebuilding.

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A meeting of the community development committee at Sikabatou Village, Cote d'Ivoire, organised under the Cocoa Life program A meeting of the community development committee at Sikabatou Village, Cote d'Ivoire, organised under the Cocoa Life program

In late April the MenEngage Alliance facilitated an online discussion to surface some of the more challenging issues around accountability when working with men and boys on women’s rights and gender justice. One of the things that I really appreciated from the dialogue was the focus on potentially negative impacts and men potentially accruing more power.

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Students at a Youth Vocational Training Centre in Dili, Timor-Leste Students at a Youth Vocational Training Centre in Dili, Timor-Leste

Why is violence against women so prevalent? What is perpetuating and fuelling this trend of misogyny? Is society to blame? And, most importantly, how can we prevent gender-based violence? Advocacy intern Miski Abdi argues that GBV should have no place in a modern, egalitarian, democratic society.

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What next? A timeline of incidents that have inspired global activism against GBV (taken from CARE's global GBV strategy) What next? A timeline of incidents that have inspired global activism against GBV (taken from CARE's global GBV strategy)

Two recent CARE workshops have helped frame for me the resilience discussion that has come to dominate development discourse over the last five years. In fragile contexts, can we afford to be ambitious with our programming goals to encompass both gender transformative action and crisis adaptation? And more to the point, can we afford not to?

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Hana Eliyas, a farmer in Ethiopia participating in the GRAD (Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development) programme Hana Eliyas, a farmer in Ethiopia participating in the GRAD (Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development) programme
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