Development Blog

For some of the world’s frontier markets, such as in Myanmar (formerly Burma), the risks of accelerated growth are that many of the country’s poorest get left behind. But as CARE’s experience creating ‘frontier healthcare’ in partnership with GSK shows,… Read more...
An auxiliary midwife in Lashio, Myanmar An auxiliary midwife in Lashio, Myanmar
I have just spent a few days in Dhaka talking to the Bangladesh Central Bank and a number of the key commercial banks in the country, as part of a research project into the role of banks in furthering financial… Read more...
Asiya (right) has revived her dressmaking business thanks to a loan from her village savings group (Bangladesh, 2013) Asiya (right) has revived her dressmaking business thanks to a loan from her village savings group (Bangladesh, 2013)
Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are a key way to provide access to financial services for people living in areas which financial institutions typically ignore and where the cycle of poverty prevails. They do exactly what their name suggests:… Read more...
Milca (background, centre) makes a point during a meeting of her VSLA group Milca (background, centre) makes a point during a meeting of her VSLA group © CARE Kenya/Job Mainye
Today CARE has submitted written evidence to the International Development Committee (IDC) of the House of Commons on our peer-to-peer lending network, Lendwithcare. (For a snappier and more entertaining overview of Lendwithcare, see our new Christmas animation.) The IDC is… Read more...
A scene from Lendwithcare's new Christmas animation A scene from Lendwithcare's new Christmas animation
The Philippines has been classified by the World Bank as a ‘lower-middle income’ economy. On the surface of things, the Philippines’ economic gains in recent years, and its growing numbers of new middle-class citizens, represent an optimistic narrative. But as… Read more...
CARE's shelter team with local communities in rural Tacloban CARE's shelter team with local communities in rural Tacloban
Today’s London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan. With violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans, it is a vital moment to… Read more...
A classroom in Parwan, Afghanistan A classroom in Parwan, Afghanistan