Development Blog

This week the UK government takes the historic step of becoming one of the first institutions to make an official statement on how companies should operationalize the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, more commonly known as the… Read more...
Bangladeshi women taking part in CARE's Strengthening Dairy Value Chains programme Bangladeshi women taking part in CARE's Strengthening Dairy Value Chains programme © CARE
A pledge of compensation made in 2010 to keep the Yasuní National Park untouched after the discovery of oil appears to have failed. What went wrong? Why couldn’t the Western governments raise the money? How do we change the rules… Read more...
The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. © CARE / Kate Ives 2007  The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. © CARE / Kate Ives 2007
Surprisingly robust and informative – my verdict on the International Finance Corporation (IFC) 2012 standards on environmental social sustainability from a conflict sensitivity perspective. Perhaps we should spend a bit more time learning from the sector many NGOs love to… Read more...
Cocoa workers in Ghana whom CARE works with as part of its partnership with Mondelez. © CARE  Cocoa workers in Ghana whom CARE works with as part of its partnership with Mondelez. © CARE
Recent research from the World Bank and the LSE (don’t roll your eyeballs) shows that blogging about an academic article can lead to hundreds of new readers, when before there were only a handful. CARE has 60 years of experience… Read more...
Blogging will enable us to connect better with the people we want to reach in our areas of expertise. Blogging will enable us to connect better with the people we want to reach in our areas of expertise. Image © CARE
Human rights remains a topic that companies may reference perfunctorily in their codes of conduct, but few really seem to understand. In their defence, this is in part because, first, best practice standards on business and human rights are often… Read more...
Women work a loom in Bangladesh. ©  CARE / Josh Estey 2008 Women work a loom in Bangladesh. © CARE / Josh Estey 2008
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