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Private Sector Engagement
Private Sector Engagement

The world's poor come into contact with markets and companies as producers, workers, entrepreneurs or consumers on a daily basis. However, they are generally exploited rather than rewarded, thereby limiting their ability to realize their full economic potential and find a way out of poverty.

CARE International is pioneering efforts to co-create innovative 'inclusive business' opportunities with a number of national and multinational companies to expand poor people’s access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities on fair terms.


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Briefing paper to the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group on Financial, Digital Inclusion and Property
Over the past year CARE has been advising the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Econom ...
Resilient markets: Strengthening women’s economic empowerment and market systems in fragile settings
Functioning market systems and a responsible and responsive private sector are critical to liveli ...
Women’s leadership in Cocoa Life communities
Emerging best practices of women’s leadership within cocoa farming in Ghana and Cô ...
Growing together: Strengthening micro-enterprises in value chains
A guide for companies to strengthen micro-enterprise market systems This guide i ...
CARE’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy
Women’s economic empowerment is one of four priority areas for CARE’s work, as set out in the ...


Featured Private Sector Engagement Projects

  • Jita' Social Enterprise in Bangladesh

    Jita' Social Enterprise in Bangladesh

    Jita is a social enterprise which brings employment to women from among Bangladesh’s extreme rural poor through door to door sales of consumer goods. Its goal is to empower women who previously had never earned their own income, and open a channel for basic personal hygiene and nutritional food products to reach remote villages.

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  • Microfinance innovations in Zimbabwe

    Microfinance innovations in Zimbabwe

    This IMF project seeks to link mature groups, who have demonstrated financial literacy and successful development of income generating activities through their VSLA, to formal micro-finance institutions.

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  • Community Development Forums on Sri Lankan tea estates

    Community Development Forums on Sri Lankan tea estates

    CARE Sri Lanka’s Community Development Forums (CDFs) were designed to benefit both workers and plantations. CDFs are in effect ‘mini-parliaments’ with one CDF set up on each participating tea estate.

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