Browse by Theme: Aid Effectiveness

Last year, 2020, should have represented the best year ever for EU gender equality policy-making and commitments. Over the course of the year, the EU made some great strides on gender equality and indeed, the year very nearly was a total triumph for EU gender equality ambition. Disappointingly, however, the EU had some inconsistencies in its approach to gender equality throughout the year and also, deplorably, rolled back on previous, fundamental commitments by the end of the year. In this context, can the EU remain a trailblazer and leader on gender equality in 2021 and beyond?

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This report appraises top government donors and UN agencies on financing women’s rights and women-led organisations in countries experiencing humanitarian crises and on ensuring women’s participation in leadership. It finds that UN agencies and wealthy nations have not adequately taken action on rhetoric to ensure women and girls are at the heart of response to crises.

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Women and girls’ priorities must be central to crisis response, and the best way to make this happen is to have them lead efforts to prevent and respond. This briefing paper sets out how and why the UK in 2021 must be a global champion for diverse women’s voice and leadership in crisis at the G7, at COP26 and demonstrated through UK Aid.

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After a busy and challenging 2020, we at CARE, like many of you, were eager to turn the page to 2021. The new year is now upon us, and while many challenges remain for us to work through and overcome, it seems like a good time to reflect on the progress that has been made, even under difficult circumstances. We are particularly excited to celebrate a milestone anniversary – CARE’s Bihar Technical Support Programme (BTSP) in India is entering its 10th year of operation!

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit Mali, most families CARE works with that had been eating three meals a day suddenly had to drop to eating only once a day. The combination of markets closing, quarantine measures, and falling incomes meant that people had to conserve food carefully. Six months later, most of those families are eating three meals a day again. Why? Because local communities mobilised to share information, and worked with CARE to distribute cash transfers to the families most in need.

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This report shows that rich nations and institutions have been routinely over-reporting funding for developing countries to adapt to the climate crisis. This means that the world’s most vulnerable people and countries are only receiving a fraction of the support they were promised. The research also shows that gender and poverty considerations are largely symbolic in many adaptation projects.

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How does an INGO like CARE contribute to sustainable, systemic change at scale, far beyond the direct work we and our partners carry out with communities? That is the challenge we’ve put at the heart of our new 10-year strategy. Drawing on learning from within CARE’s programs and within the wider scaling up community, we have also developed a new guidance note, outlining six pathways to Impact at Scale. These pathways are framed around Riddell and Moore’s three approaches of scaling up, scaling out and scaling deep.

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