Role: Shelter Research Assistant
I joined CARE in March 2020 as the shelter research assistant working on the Self-recovery from Humanitarian Crisis project. The project focuses on the priorities and agency of people affected by conflict or disaster and seeks to better understand how the humanitarian community can holistically support people’s own recovery plans. During my time at CARE I have been engaged with research that considers the wider impacts of shelter programming, specifically the relative impact of housing on different aspects of recovery, including health, protection and livelihoods.
Prior to CARE, I worked with an NGO providing long-term solutions to forced migration for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, including access to education, finance and employment. I managed a number of emergency response projects across Northern France in response to the ongoing EU migration crisis and have worked on development and recovery projects in Nepal.
One good thing I’ve read:
The big truck that went by by Jonathan M. Katz provides a complex, compassionate and dynamic insight into the international community’s response to the Haitian earthquake in 2010, based on the author’s first-hand experience of surviving the earthquake. An important and thought-provoking read.
CARE International UK’s humanitarian team supports CARE’s humanitarian work by accessing funding, and by providing project management and technical advice and capacity to CARE’s country offices and CARE’s emergency responses. CARE has a strong focus on ensuring that all our humanitarian programming responds meaningfully to the needs and capacities of different people, whatever their gender, identity or particular circumstances. CARE’s emergency shelter team is also based at CARE International UK.
Head of Humanitarian
I joined CARE International UK in 2017 and currently head up our Humanitarian team. Before CARE, I worked for DFID…
Poverty and social injustice are caused and maintained by unequal power relations that result in the inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities – between women and men, between power-holders and marginalised communities, and between countries. CARE believes poor governance is a key cause of poverty and social injustice. Our Inclusive Governance team promotes inclusive and accountable governance systems so that poor and marginalised people have influence over decisions that affect their lives. We help communities get organised and get their priorities included in development planning. We work to increase women’s voice and leadership in public life. We support service users to hold service providers to account. We work with public authorities and service providers to help them become more transparent and responsive to poor and marginalised people.
Governance and Accountability Advisor, Africa
Currently I am advisor on inclusive governance and accountability for the Eastern, Southern and Horn of Africa region within CARE…
The Programmes and Policy team is responsible for overseeing programme quality and multiplying the impact of our programming by encouraging governments, business and donors – based on the evidence we witness on the ground – to adopt policy reforms that support the world’s poorest people and communities. Working in partnership with our country programmes, women’s rights organisations and civil society, we put forward the views of the most marginalised to governments, including the UK government, multinational businesses and global institutions and press the case for change. In short, our goal is to change the rules of the game that keep people poor.
Senior Policy Advisor
I joined CARE in 2005, since then I’ve been lucky enough to work with our local teams and civil society…
Strategic partnerships are a key way for CARE to increase and widen our impact. Our Private Sector Engagement team partners with national and multinational companies to co-create innovative 'inclusive business' approaches that drive new opportunities for poor people as producers, workers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. We – and our partners – believe this makes good business sense: helping to generate efficiency, securing supply chains, accessing new markets and products, and improving credibility with consumers who increasingly expect companies to behave responsibly. Our Institutional Partnerships team connects the vision and commitment of our funding partners with poverty-fighting programmes throughout the world.
In my role at CARE I provide support across the team ranging from reporting for our partnership with GSK to…
Our Women’s Economic Empowerment team leads CARE’s work globally to ensure women have greater access to and control over economic resources, assets and opportunities. We focus on four inter-related pathways to economic empowerment, based on a combination of women’s core economic roles as producers, workers, entrepreneurs and consumers: financial inclusion, women and value chains, dignified work, and entrepreneurship. We also focus on supporting the involvement of women in creating resilient markets in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
Advisor – Dignified Work
I provide technical expertise for CARE globally on Dignified Work – CARE’s strategy for promoting access to gender-equitable, economically empowering…
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Michelle Spearing was formerly a Conflict Advisor with CARE International UK, based in Nairobi. She supported CARE's work in Africa…