Development Blog

What does it mean to be ‘a humanitarian’ working in Greece – a country in Europe that, notwithstanding its economic crisis, does not fit the bill of the classic ‘emergency’ context? How does the response in Greece challenge our assumptions about what it means to be a humanitarian?

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Refugee families at Piraeus port, Athens, Greece, April 2016 Refugee families at Piraeus port, Athens, Greece, April 2016 © CARE/Johanna Mitscherlich 2016

A new ILO report on trade agreements which incorporate labour standards points to rising women’s participation in the labour force and a reduced gender wage gap in the countries participating in those trade agreements – without any adverse effect on the ability of the trade agreement to boost trade between the signatories of the agreement.

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Workers in a garment factory in Cambodia Workers in a garment factory in Cambodia

CARE’s focus on women’s economic empowerment is based on our belief in women’s rights and the key role that economic empowerment plays in the achievement of those rights, some of them inherent in economic empowerment itself and others to which economic empowerment provides a bridge. But we know that as we engage with government, donors and the private sector, it always helps to have a strong economic argument on our side, and once again the IMF have provided one.

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Samia (name changed), a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, is learning laptop and computer repair through a CARE vocational training programme Samia (name changed), a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, is learning laptop and computer repair through a CARE vocational training programme

Are financial institutions in emerging economies adapting their business models fast enough to tap into the market of the currently unbanked? And if not, why not?

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The discussion on financial inclusion co-hosted by CARE and Accenture Development Partners The discussion on financial inclusion co-hosted by CARE and Accenture Development Partners

Global value chains can be a powerful lever for empowering women, but companies must identify where women work, must develop a clear gender strategy and must articulate the business case for supporting women.

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Cocoa farmers in Cote d'Ivoire participating in the Cocoa Life partnership Cocoa farmers in Cote d'Ivoire participating in the Cocoa Life partnership

By Gianluca Nardi and Katherine Carr (CARE International UK, Programme Officer - Africa)

When we arrive in Kariyata, a rural community in the Upper Eastern region of Ghana, close to Garu, most of the women in the community are waiting for us within a circle of shea trees that they normally use for meetings, and some men are also there, although in a separate group. The community is partly Christian and partly Muslim and partly followers of traditional religions and all of them are there for one reason: to talk about gender.

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People gathering for the gender dialogue People gathering for the gender dialogue

Chloe Day, Programme Manager for CARE International’s refugee response in Turkey, explains how a language and environment of fear around the refugee crisis is undermining our humanity.

When I read the news about Jo Cox last week, something inside me broke. I don’t know exactly why and I don’t know what it was but I don’t think it was my heart.

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A five-year-old Syrian refugee child at a camp in Croatia A five-year-old Syrian refugee child at a camp in Croatia