CARE’s approach to adaptive management focuses on building in mechanisms for continuing learning and evidence-based adaptation throughout the program cycle as part of a thoughtful program design. This should go beyond experimenting, piloting and scaling to base adaptation on 1) shifting contexts and changing needs of communities, 2) changing power dynamics—especially gender power dynamics and other forms of exclusion, and 3) developing knowledge about what is (and is not) working in this environment and why.
This report examines local knowledge integration in the context of global development and humanitarian aid work. It builds upon a recently published report by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) called Integrating Local Knowledge in Development Programming. That report sought to “share knowledge of how development donors and implementing organizations leverage local knowledge to inform programming. This study aims to extend the original methods to better understand grassroots actors’ own interpretations of local knowledge and its integration into programming in their communities. It examines the perspectives of 29 grassroots leaders from women-led organizations around the world, looking deeply at the ways in which they conceptualize local knowledge and local knowledge stakeholders, their approaches to designing their own projects based on local knowledge, and their experiences sharing knowledge with international actors and donors. This builds the broader evidence base on integrating local knowledge to incorporate the perspectives of grassroots actors into the same conversation as the original study. Read More
This brief shares learning on the additional risks girls may face when leading change in their communities and actions taken ensure their safety. It draws on learning from CARE’s girl-led activism model, developed in partnership with EMPower under the Tipping point Initiative and implemented in five countries across three regions. Read MoreRead More
This brief details the collaborative advocacy process undertaken by CARE and our campaign partners in support of passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act in Yobe State in Nigeria. Women in Northeast Nigeria will be better protected from gender-based violence as a result of this new law. Read MoreRead More