This year, we are proud to award CARE’s 3rd Annual “Innovation in Sanitation” Award to the CARE Bangladesh SHOUHARDO team and our partner organization, iDE, for their work to reach poor and ultra-poor families in seasonally flooded regions of Northern Bangladesh with safe and flood resilient sanitation. CARE and iDE have demonstrated the potential of integrating human centered-design with equitable and inclusive market-based approaches to improve supply and demand in the chars and haors. Through this model, the CARE and iDE team has demonstrated remarkable sanitation gains in the face of a challenging, ‘last mile’ context and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic—after only 10 months of active sales, more than 13,000 households have purchased toilets, improving sanitation access for more than 50,000 people. In addition to significant women’s empowerment gains under SHOUHARDO, CARE and iDE supported the development of an 85-person network of sanitation sales and marketing agents, 60 of whom are women!
Agricultural collectives are one of the most important platforms across the globe for small-scale farmers and their households and communities to democratically organize around common goals for prosperity and well-being. To support CARE’s commitment to fulfilling the rights to food, water and nutrition security for women and youth small-scale producers and their families, CARE and partners implement programmes that support competitiveness, gender transformative change, and social solidarity of farmers by establishing and strengthening business-oriented farmer collectives, often with the integration of approaches for gender justice. Drawing on programmatic learnings, in addition to the lived experiences of members throughout the world, CARE believes that collectives play a significant role in building social cohesion and strengthening individual and collective agency; advancing access to and control over resources; changing harmful and discriminatory gender norms; engaging governance structures to change laws; advocating for policy and practices that uphold women’s economic, social and political rights; and, driving socioeconomic development by providing structures for actors to collectively advance their common interests. Read MoreRead More
To better understand the potential for agricultural collectives to empower women, this literature review is conducted using the theoretical lenses of two key frameworks: She Feeds the World and the Gender Equality Framework. Read MoreRead More
CARE’s work with collectives to build group conscientization and collective empowerment is an important pathway to address the deep structural power and relational barriers that create and reinforce gender and socioeconomic inequalities. To better understand the role that collectives play in CARE’s work to create gender transformative food and water systems, CARE, with support from the Cornell Atkinson Partnership, carried out a wide-ranging qualitative investigation of its work with agricultural collectives in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Georgia, and Bangladesh. Read MoreRead More