Development Blog

Women in Bangladesh used solidarity to increase wages and get more food at home. Find out how.

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A smallholder farmers’ group in Bangladesh set up by CARE. A smallholder farmers’ group in Bangladesh set up by CARE. ©Viivi Erkkila/CARE 2016

Four years have passed since Rana Plaza collapsed, but are workers any safer? The short answer is yes, but there is still a lot of work to do to make sure their working conditions are truly safe and to ensure workers’ rights are respected across the board.

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Fiedowshi works in the inspection section at a garment factory in Bangladesh Fiedowshi works in the inspection section at a garment factory in Bangladesh

Women in CARE Ghana’s PROMISE programme eat three times more soybeans than they did in 2012, and are four times more likely to be involved in household decision-making. Find out how.

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A member of a savings and loan group in Ashamoah village, Ghana A member of a savings and loan group in Ashamoah village, Ghana

Given DFID’s commitment to the Global Goals and to labour standards (eg support of the ETI, guidance within CDC), why doesn’t DFID’s new Economic Development Strategy talk about Decent Work?

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A garment worker in Bangladesh on her way to the factory A garment worker in Bangladesh on her way to the factory

A new Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, launched by the International Growth Centre and chaired by David Cameron, has recently been announced. It points out that “Fragility is a distinctive phenomenon that calls for distinctive policy approaches. It has been under-researched, and what is known from research has not been used effectively.” Let’s hope that DFID are listening and contributing (which presumably they are, as they fund the IGC) as their approach to economic development in fragile states remains unclear, even after the publication of the new Economic Development Strategy (“the ED Strategy”).

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A woman cleans up garbage in Bentiu Protection of Civilians site in Unity State, South Sudan A woman cleans up garbage in Bentiu Protection of Civilians site in Unity State, South Sudan

Launched by DFID, Value for Money (VfM) is now a widely accepted standard in the sector. For CARE, quality assurance is determined by evidence of how monetary resources translate into long-lasting changes. It is understood as a key approach during proposal development and implementation to maximise the integration of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems with project management practices.

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Residents of Torit, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan wait in line to receive relief items Residents of Torit, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan wait in line to receive relief items

Her first four children each died of asphyxiation during delivery. The 30-year-old’s fifth – a baby girl – was born safely at home, and against all odds. When the same expectant mother entered Bihar’s district hospital to deliver her sixth baby, she was hoping for a boy. She entered the hospital carrying the hopes and dreams of the many family members waiting outside for the news and, as I bore witness to, her prayers were answered.

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Ruby and baby Ruksiba were helped by CARE-trained staff with guidance on breastfeeding, nutrition and vaccinations Ruby and baby Ruksiba were helped by CARE-trained staff with guidance on breastfeeding, nutrition and vaccinations