Development Blog

There are certain working conditions that most workers take for granted; established working hours, a minimum wage, paid annual leave, social security and maternity leave. Historically, domestic workers haven’t shared these basic rights but a major new piece of legislation… Read more...
 Machala Ecuador: domestic workers are often primary care givers to children. © CARE/Kathryn Richards Machala Ecuador: domestic workers are often primary care givers to children. © CARE/Kathryn Richards
Bill Gates claims to read 20-30 books a month. Yet the truth is most of us working in development rarely read a book cover to cover. ‘Book Off’ – is CARE International UK’s (CIUK’s) attempt to tap into the best… Read more...
‘Civil War is Not a Stupid Thing’ - Christopher Cramer. ‘Civil War is Not a Stupid Thing’ - Christopher Cramer.
In the last few months the world’s leaders have declared and resolved to end sexual violence against women in conflict. First we had the G8 declaration and then UN resolution 2106 but what difference will these really make to the… Read more...
G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
A recent WHO study re-confirmed that Pakistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (nearly 300 women die for every 100,000 births) and many of them are under 20 years old. Despite the challenging political, economic… Read more...
A Pakistani woman. © CARE A Pakistani woman. © CARE
This week American stakeholders announced the formation of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and signatories to the European Fire and Building Safety Accord released their Implementation Plan. While both agreements represent steps in the right direction, to address the… Read more...
Women working in the garment industry in Bangladesh. © CARE/Josh Estey Women working in the garment industry in Bangladesh. © CARE/Josh Estey
Debate on the possibilities at the base of the pyramid (BOP) is ubiquitous; nonetheless, too often regulated to a post-script is that frequently when we refer to the BOP what we actually mean is women at the BOP.  It’s time… Read more...
In Poverty and Out of Profit: the business case for engaging with poor farmers in Bangladesh's dairy sector In Poverty and Out of Profit: the business case for engaging with poor farmers in Bangladesh's dairy sector
Along with a delegation from CARE International UK, I recently visited colleagues at CARE Peru (or Cah-Rey Peru as its pronounced in Spanish!) to witness how they are reaping real results in tackling the challenges of poverty and inequality in… Read more...
Women from a farming community in Puno, Peru. © CARE / Alice Hutchinson Women from a farming community in Puno, Peru. © CARE / Alice Hutchinson