Economic Development

Baseline Survey Report Fortifying Equality and Economic Diversification

Baseline Report for the FEED project (Fortifying Equality and Economic Diversification) implemented in Consortium with World Vision Canada and Oxfam Canada and funded by Global Affairs Canada. [47 pages] Read More...

Promoting inclusive governance and gender equality in Papua New Guinea

CARE’s focus on improved governance and gender equality in Papua New Guinea is transforming women’s lives and their communities. CARE believes that one of the most effective ways for remote communities to thrive is to ensure governance systems function well at a local level and include the voices of all members of a community, particularly women. Our experience has shown that it is a slow but worthwhile process to support inclusive governance and gender equality within households, communities, and all levels of government in Papua New Guinea.
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Working for impact in Papua New Guinea: CARE International’s portfolio review

This review focuses on CARE International’s program portfolio in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over the past five years (2013-2018). CARE’s goal in PNG is to achieve significant, positive and lasting impact on poverty and social injustice in remote, marginalised rural areas through the empowerment of women and their communities and through effective partnerships. CARE has worked in PNG since 1989 and now has offices in Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province, Mt Hagen in Western Highlands Province, Buka in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) and an office in Port Moresby.

Over the past five years, CARE’s program in PNG has worked in multiple areas: sexual, reproductive and maternal health, community health promotion, awareness and behaviour change; inclusive governance; women’s economic empowerment; climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; and emergency response. These programs have been implemented in PNG’s particularly challenging operating environment.

Two underlying elements in CARE’s programs in PNG have been an emphasis on promoting gender equality and supporting inclusive governance. This review thus focused closely on CARE’s gender and governance approaches: what impacts were seen, what lessons learned, and what promising approaches are emerging to inform better programming by CARE and other players. [108 pages] Read More...

Jordanian Community Development and Support Program – Final Evaluation – Dec 2017

This evaluation report provides an evidence-based assessment of the effectiveness and impact of the “Jordanian Community Development and Support” Program, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), implemented from October 2014 to December 2017, in the Northern and Central regions of Jordan, specifically in Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa governorates. Given the protracted nature of the Syrian crisis, which has exacerbated an already precarious economic situation in Jordan, the project was able to attend to a diverse group of beneficiaries, including youth, women and men from the Syrian refugee and Jordanian communities. This Program has effectively supported the following initiatives: (1) The provision of case management, information services, and one-time cash infusions to extremely vulnerable Jordanian households; (2) The support of the economic development of Jordanians through a micro-finance lending initiative; and (3) The establishment of community programs for youth to improve their vocational skills and opportunities and reinforce positive relationships between the Jordanian and Syrian communities. The evaluation was conducted by the Programs Quality Unit at CARE International in Jordan, in compliance with the Public Recognition Guidelines for Global Affairs Canada Development Partners. Read More...

POWER Africa Midline – Effects of Linkage (Rwanda Cote d’Ivoire) Report Oct 2017

This report contains an midline analysis of CARE’s POWER/PROFIR (Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment) project on the financial health of village savings and loans groups in Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda. The project is a collaboration between CARE Canada, Access Africa, and MasterCard Foundation. POWER Africa /PROFIR is based on the VSLA approach as a means to provide access to valuable financial services and build a pathway towards formal financial inclusion for poor households in rural areas. The key measures of the effects of linkage that are assess in this study are (1) Standardized return on savings (ROS), (2) Standardized return on assets (ROA), (3) Savings per member, (4) bank balances, (5) bank account usage, and (6) Adoption of individual bank accounts. These indicators measure the outcomes of the project along key dimensions of POWER Africa/PROFIR’s objectives of building financial capacity for all clients and decreasing gender gaps in access to and control of financial skills, assets, and services. We also look at how group characteristics, like the proportion of women members, attendance, access to credit, and Read More...

POWER Africa Endline Linkage Effects Analysis Report May 2018

This report contains an endline analysis of CARE’s POWER/PROFIR (Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment) project on the financial health of village savings and loans groups in Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda. The project is a collaboration between CARE Canada, Access Africa, and MasterCard Foundation. POWER Africa /PROFIR is based on the VSLA approach as a means to provide access to valuable financial services and build a pathway towards formal financial inclusion for poor households in rural areas. The key measures of the effects of linkage that are assess in this study are (1) Standardized return on savings (ROS), (2) Standardized return on assets (ROA), (3) Savings per member, (4) bank balances, (5) bank account usage, and (6) Adoption of individual bank accounts. These indicators measure the outcomes of the project along key dimensions of POWER Africa/PROFIR’s objectives of building financial capacity for all clients and decreasing gender gaps in access to and control of financial skills, assets, and services. We also look at how group characteristics, like the proportion of women members, attendance, access to credit, and proximity to financial service providers interact with linkage status to affect groups’ outcomes. Read More...

Promoting Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers Project (PROFIFA) Baseline

This report documents the findings of baseline survey for Promoting Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers Project (PROFIFA). This baseline survey was conducted by Strategic Development and Research Group (StratDever Ltd), on behalf of CARE International Rwanda in the period of October to December to 2017. The overall objective of the evaluation was to measure the initial level of impact and outcome indicators before the intervention of the PROFIFA project, set benchmark indicators and draw recommendations for better performance.
PROFIFA is a three year project funded by the Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) and Implemented by CARE International in partnership with DUHAMIC ADRI. The project aims to promote financial inclusion for 120,000 Small Holder Farmers (men, women and youth) organized into 4,000 farmer groups and involved in maize, livestock and horticulture value chains in 8 Districts of Rwanda such us Nyamagabe, Huye (Sothern province), Rulindo, Gakenke, Gicumbi (Northern province), Rwamagana, Kayonza and Gatsibo (Eastern province). [56 pages] Read More...

Enterprise Development for Out of School Adolescent Girls (EDOAG) Infographic Report

This evaluation report covers the end of project evaluation of the Enterprise Development for Out of School Adolescent Girls (EDOAG) project, which was launched in 2015; a brainchild of CARE International in Rwanda which was conceived after consideration of lessons learnt, best practices and recommendations of the end-line evaluation of FINAG project (2014). The EDOAG project was then launched to build on success registered with a blended approach focusing more on entrepreneurship development. [11 pages] Read More...

Women and Girls Participation in Decision Making for Imihigo and GBV issues

Care International Rwanda has contracted “A & G Services Ltd.” to conduct the study on “Women and Girls Participation in Decision Making for Imihigo and GBV issues”. The objective of this initiative was two-fold: The research firstly aimed at understanding which profiles of women and how these women have generally been participating and influencing decisions taken at both national and grassroots level in relation to GBV prevention and response. Secondly, the research additionally sought to analyze gaps and opportunities for Women and girls participation in planning and budgeting of the Imihigo process. [156 pages] Read More...

Enterprise Development for Out of School Adolescent Girls (EDOAG)

This evaluation report covers the end of project evaluation of the Enterprise Development for Out of School Adolescent Girls (EDOAG) project, which was launched in 2015; a brain child of CARE International in Rwanda, which was conceived after consideration of lessons learnt, best practices and recommendations of the end-line evaluation of FINAG project (2014). [85 pages] Read More...

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