This 16 page evaluation showcases the final results of the groundbreaking program designed and implemented by CARE Ethiopia and...
Looking to the Future
In 2011, a catastrophic drought struck the Horn of Africa, affecting Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. CARE continues its work there, helping communities become increasingly resilient for the future.
Responding to Crisis
Liz McLaughlin, Executive Director of CARE's Foundation Unit, traveled to the Horn of Africa in 2011 to see CARE's response to this massive emergency. She captured her journey on camera.
Fighting Poverty & Drought with Honeybees
Nuriya, an Ethiopian mother of six children, has been able to make ends meet on her own since her husband passed away 11 years ago. By farming bees, a trade usually engaged by men, Nuriya is able to provide for her family.
CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.
As part of CARE Ethiopia’s development of a focused and long-term program approach to poverty, the office targets three groups of people:
- pastoralist girls
- chronically food-insecure rural women
- poor young girls living in cities and on the outskirts of urban areas
Hunger in the Horn of Africa
While conditions have improved since a catastrophic drought struck this region in 2011, acute malnutrition rates remain high and millions still teeter on the brink of food insecurity.
Melka Stands Up To Early Marriage
"I want girls to know there are people out there like me who will fight against early marriage." — Melka from Libo Kemkem, Ethiopia on standing up against forced marriage.
This review focuses on the potential for the savings-led microfinance (MF) movement in sub-Saharan Africa to close an important gap in MF.
“Bringing Financial Services to Africa’s Poor” focuses on microfinance, a tool that’s been proven effective against poverty in the developing world.
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognized.
Currently, CARE is implementing over 74 economic development programs in 66 countries. CARE’s position as one of the world’s largest international non-governmental organizations allows its economic development programs to extend this reach to achieve lasting impacts in fighting poverty. Our focus on the underlying causes of poverty and long-term presence in many countries, allow us to mobilize partnerships and resources to address some of the most intractable challenges countries face, bringing in the specialized expertise that is needed.
CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.
Improved access to water can transform the life of a woman. It could be through the extra time and subsequent opportunities that become available when women and girls no longer have to trek long, treacherous distances to collect water—a task that is often relegated exclusively to women and girls. Or it could be through the improved health of the woman and her family and the subsequent reductions in time spent caring for sick relatives—another role that women are more likely to play.
Lack of nutritious food is a barrier to health and wellbeing for the most vulnerable, poor and marginalized people in the world.
With more than 3,000 years of history, Ethiopia is uniquely situated at the crossroads between the Middle East and Africa. Having maintained independence, even during the colonial period, Ethiopia is culturally, linguistically, and environmentally rich and unique. However, after decades of ongoing political upheaval and social unrest, Ethiopia today is mostly dry and barren, lacking sufficient sources of water and unable to produce enough food for its nearly 80 million inhabitants, most of whom live in extreme poverty.
In the year since the United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia, much has been accomplished. Large-scale humanitarian interventions by CARE and other agencies have helped save many lives. But families still struggle to feed themselves, and remain highly vulnerable to future events such as poor harvests, conflict-related displacement or a rise in commodity prices. Many who survived the worst of the crisis have been left without the reserves to withstand further shocks.