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First grown by the British, in Sri Lanka in the 1800’s, tea remains one of the country’s primary export earners and employers. World renowned, ‘Ceylon Tea’
accounts for the third of the tea produced globally while it remains one of the largest exporters of tea in the world. Nationally tea is one of the primary export earners, while the industry employs 10% of the country’s labour force, mostly consisting of women. Despite its pivotal role in the country’s economy for two centuries, those who live and work on the tea plantations are some of the poorest and most marginalized in the country. This brief looks at how multi-faceted worker engagement can improve the development of the tea sector.

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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the transformative potential of inclusive local governance in generating more secure livelihood and coping strategies of extremely poor people. The research conducted in 2008 and 2009 looking at Care Bangladesh’s work at the Union Parishad level found that active citizenship of the poorest, often women, led to more equitable distribution of public resources. Care Bangladesh’s experience also highlights some interesting implication for policy both in the areas of social protection and governance.

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Nowhere on the planet are people more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than in sub-Saharan Africa. The continent is already prone to erratic rainfall, droughts, floods and cyclones, and climate change will only exacerbate these ongoing challenges. At the same time, Africa is grappling with the burden of poverty, environmental degradation, inequitable land rights, heavy reliance on the natural resource base for livelihoods, and the HIV&AIDS epidemic - all of which limit the ability of people and institutions to adapt to climate change.

Community-level research conducted by CARE in Africa indicates that climate change is already having significant impacts on food and income security, and that these impacts are particularly serious for women and other marginalized groups.

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The current context in Nepal represents a period of intense and historical change an also great opportunities for civil society and citizens to participate, engage and shape the “New Nepal”. This paper explores the diverse positions of civil and political society on federalism, unpacking the ethnicity-based proposals and the growth of identity politics in Nepal. It argues that the diversity and complexity of multinational societies challenge the dominant liberal political model, requiring instead the constructive of more substantive and consensual notions of citizenship and democracy.

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CARE's programme on the tea sector of Sri Lanka demonstrates how improving worker's lives makes sense for businesses.

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This briefing paper highlights key findings from in- depth research on DFID funded Nijera Botlagari Good Governance Initiative in Boltgari Union, North West Bangladesh implemented by Care Bangladesh and Ramnathpur Bahumukhi Nabayan Sangha (RBNS). The initiative facilitates social, economic and political empowerment processes with extremely poor women and men building their capacity to raise their voice and hold the Union Parishad council accountable for protecting and enhancing their rights.

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This case study looks at the Community Development Forum model developed by CARE Sri Lanka to build worker engagement on the tea estate communities of Sri Lanka.

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