Lessons From CARE Zambia
CARE began operating in Zambia in 1992. Activities initially focused on emergency relief in response to the severe drought of the early 1990s and on interventions to mitigate the effects of escalating inflation and extreme poverty in urban areas.
The emphasis has since shifted to long-term, community-based development programs, working in both rural and marginal peri-urban areas. CARE Zambia’s current program portfolio is almost 100 percent development, but we have the capacity to respond to emergencies, if needed.
CARE Zambia is committed to gender equality, greater and more meaningful participation of people living with HIV and AIDS, and a pro-poor, anti-poverty stance in its interaction with communities and policy-makers alike.
The approach allows us to address both needs and rights from three perspectives:
- Improving Human Conditions
- Improving Social Positions
- Creating a Sound Enabling Environment
CARE Zambia is seeking to ensure that together with its partners, all its work contributes towards significant, transformational change for vulnerable women and girls.
CARE is using a market based approach to provide farmers with access to a range of high quality, affordable agricultural inputs and improved technologies.
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.
Empowering women to ensure family planning coverage, quality and equity
CARE responds to dozens of disasters each year, reaching approximately 12 million people through our emergency programs.