Is there a business case for worker empowerment? New evidence suggests the answer is yes. Twenty-three tea estates partnering with CARE International Sri Lanka have successfully implemented Community Development Forums, which are ‘mini-parliaments’ that facilitate dialogue between workers, management and the broader community. The model opens up new channels of communication between stakeholders across the plantation region, serving as a forum where collective decisions about community development priorities and labour conditions are negotiated and decided in a transparent way.

An independent assessment by the New Economics Foundation showed that that there was a 1:26 return on investment for estates, plus additional gains for workers and the community.

Latest Publications

Small Scale, Big Impact: Smallholder agriculture's contribution to better nutrition

  • Countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Co-authors: UK Hunger Alliance
  • Published: April 2013

Monitoring and evaluating conflict sensitivity – methodological challenges and practical solutions

  • Countries: Global
  • Co-authors: The Collaborative for Development Action
  • Published: March 2013

Gender-Based Violence (Issue brief)

  • Countries: Bosnia and Herzegowina, Burkina Faso, India, Global
  • Published: March 2013

Asia Impact Report

  • Published: February 2013

Connecting the World's Poorest People to the Global Economy: New Models for linking savings groups to formal financial services

  • Countries: Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda
  • Published: February 2013