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Poverty is caused and maintained by unequal power relations that result in the unfair distribution of resources and opportunities. As such, for CARE, poor governance is a key cause of poverty. This situation will not be changed unless accountable and representative institutions are in place and poor people are empowered to hold public authorities to account for how they take decisions and allocate public funds.

CARE supports local communities to mobilise and voice their demands for improvements to services, and encourages people, particularly women, to participate in local institutions such as health councils and planning committees.

CARE also works with local and national authorities to encourage them to more consistently consult with their poor and marginalised citizens

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Developing a Citizens’ Charter: Guidance Note
The Citizens’ Charter is a process for giving service users more of a say in how their services ...
Housing, land and property issues in Nepal and their consequences for the post-earthquake reconstruction process
This report produced by CARE Nepal warns that reconstruction in Nepal following the 2015 earthqua ...
“Our small peace cannot survive alone”: Lessons in peacebuilding and economic development in South Sudan
South Sudan has endured many decades of violent conflict. To escape from the cycle of destruction ...
Citizen monitoring to defend maternal health rights in Peru
This paper (Learning and Policy Series No. 6) presents learning from CARE’s experience of citiz ...
The Community Score Card (CSC) / La carte communautaire de performances (CCP)
Guide générique pour la mise en oeuvre de la CCP de CARE pour améliorer la qualit ...

Featured Governance Projects

  • Partnerships for Social Accountability

    Partnerships for Social Accountability

    CARE is a global partner in the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). We are working with other in both Bangladesh and Malawi to tackle community issues such as monitoring the use of government funds, and addressing teachers' absenteesism.

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  • Accountable healthcare in Peru

    Accountable healthcare in Peru

    The Participatory Voices project aims to make healthcare in Peru more accountable, by strengthening the capacities of civil society networks, build partnerships, and provide technical assistance to improve the responsiveness of the health system to the poorest and most vulnerable people.

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  • Indigenous management of  the Amazons resources

    Indigenous management of the Amazons resources

    The project seeks to contribute to the exercise of the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon Region in three countries, for the management of natural resources and sustainable development.

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