Development Blog

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
As NGOs gathered in London last week to begin discussing ‘Make Poverty History Mark 2’, an Indian colleague neatly summed up what he felt CARE needs to focus on if we are to make significantly more progress towards poverty eradication.… Read more...
A woman selling products as part of JITA. © Kathryn Richards / CARE A woman selling products as part of JITA. © Kathryn Richards / CARE
Value Chains, Business Plans and International Markets. What do these terms mean for some of the poorest people living in the isolated farming region of Sopachuy in Bolivia? Quite a lot, it turns out: “Access to bigger markets means increased… Read more...
Factory workers in Bolivia. © CARE Factory workers in Bolivia. © CARE
To many people, charities and huge multi-national companies will always be strange bedfellows. As such, there can be a gossipy appetite to hear of a mighty culture clash when the two worlds come together in partnership – the sandal wearing… Read more...
A Village Savings and Loans Association which enables people to access financial services who are normally not able to do so.  © CARE A Village Savings and Loans Association which enables people to access financial services who are normally not able to do so. © CARE
The conference on Afghanistan in Bonn yesterday resulted in a statement which says all the right things, but lacks any specific commitments or actions to make them happen in reality. CARE helped organise and host a series of meetings between… Read more...
The Afghan Women's Network hold a press conference in Bonn - calling for women's achievements in Afghanistan in the last ten years to be built upon, not undermind. © Puthupparambil / CARE The Afghan Women's Network hold a press conference in Bonn - calling for women's achievements in Afghanistan in the last ten years to be built upon, not undermind. © Puthupparambil / CARE